March/April 2018

Where We Come From: Our Stories as Art
by Jennifer A. Schultz

I am exploring book forms through the lens of textile art and mixed media. I'm particularly interested in the tactile qualities of the book, and with the form of the picture book. A reference point for the viewer might start with children's picture books, cloth books, and visual stories for the pre-reader ages. Such books are sensory objects conveying a priori knowledge: the sequential narrative; the image as icon; decontextualized content that allows us to develop our skills analyzing abstract concepts.

My books are not children's books, but an effort to reengage the average adult reader through a slowing-down of the experience. My books deal mostly with landscape as content: the way in which we are defined and affected by the changing shape of the physical world in which we live and with which we identify.

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