Eugene, OR: Susan Lowdermilk, 2017. Susan Lowdermilk is a book artist and printmaker working in traditional processes such as woodcut, wood engraving and intaglio etching as well as digital media. Her books involve movable parts, pop-ups and LED circuitry. Her artists’ books are in the collections of many university libraries, public libraries and museums. She is a professor at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon where she teaches courses in printmaking, artist books and graphic design. Susan earned her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Oregon in Eugene and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Colorado State University. In her artist’s statement she writes: “Through my art practice as a printmaker and book artist, I reflect my life experiences and relate them to a broader sense of the human condition: struggles, transitions, choices and the inevitable element of chance. I explore and express these themes through familiar forms and shapes, symbolic of humankind’s shared stories as we, as individuals, progress from one day to the next.”
Number 4 of 30 copies. Signed and numbered by the book artist. This book’s striking three-dimensional multicolored imagery “juxtaposes the universal mathematical order and geometric shapes associated with the cosmos with an aviary of birds, thus alluding to an inherent connection - the mysteries of nature on earth with the mysteries of the universe as a whole “ (colophon). The book was originally a collaborative project by Doyle and Lowdermilk for an art and ecology exhibition in Portland (2011) for which they created a deluxe boxed set of three books. This edition of Aviary is digitally printed from one of the three deluxe books. It is handbound with blue cloth covers and an open concertina spine. A paper image of a hummingbird is affixed to the front cover and there are beige cloth ties. The interior features five layered pop-up spreads depicting five birds (owl, peacock, dove, eagle, and bird of paradise) within elaborate geometric backgrounds. It can be displayed open as a star book using the ribbon ties. Housed in a stiff cream paper enclosure with the same hummingbird image on the front panel. In fine condition. Unpaginated. Size: 11.25 x 6.25 inches closed; 11.25 x 12.25 inches open in star shape.