Fort Lauderdale: Dorothy Krause, 2018. A unique work signed by the book artist. Dorothy Krause is a bookmaker, painter, collage artist and printmaker who utilizes digital mixed media. Professor Emeritus at Massachusetts College of Art, she and has been a Visiting Artist/ Artist in Residence at the American Academy in Rome, the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, the Jaffe Center for Book Arts at Florida Atlantic University and on Oceania Cruise Lines. Krause is the author of “Book + Art: Handcrafting Artists’ Books”, (North Light, 2009), and co-author of “Digital Art Studio: Techniques for combining inkjet printing with traditional art materials”, (Watson-Guptil, 2004). Her books can be found in many public and private collections throughout the country. Her archives and the books featured in Book + Art reside at the University of Miami.
Begun on a trip to Arizona, this compelling small book explores our appalling treatment of Native Americans. In the colophon Krause writes: "Historically, much of Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and Oklahoma belonged to the semi-nomadic Apache tribes. In 1848 the United States moved into the Southwest and sought to subjugate the Apaches, who defended their homelands. The gold rush and the completion of the transcontinental railroad led to increasing numbers of white settlers coveting Apache land. The Apaches were finally defeated in 1886 when 5,000 US troops forced Geronimo and a group of 30 to 50 men, women and children to surrender. Some Apaches became prisoners of war, while others were forced onto reservations. The population of Apaches has been drastically reduced, their lifestyle lost and their languages, culture, religion, and ceremonies have fallen into decline. The demise of the Apache led to the prosperity of the white settlers who gained the land, natural resources and wealth of the Southwest United States. Our treatment of Native Americans is a shameful part of our past and present."
This pocket accordion book was created using a structure developed by Hedi Kyle and Ulla Warchol. The title is printed on an actual paper tag that has a muted multi-colored painted design. Vintage photos of Apache Indians from the Heard Museum in Phoenix are collaged onto small eco printed tags which are placed into the pocket accordion, with their knotted strings hanging out of the top of the book. The book is housed in a well-worn brown leather pouch with a long attached strap. In fine condition. Measures 5.5 x 3.75 x 1.75 inches closed and 5.5 x 28 open with 10 inserts printed back and front.. Unpaginated. ARTSB/030123. Fine.