I have been totally immersed in my work. If you are an artist who has prepared for exhibitions you know this focus I speak of. It is a very clear, deep, single minded kind of focus that always happens in the last few months before a big exhibition. The kind of focus that doesn't allow for friends and phone calls and Facebook. Emails pile up. Laundry piles up. I am in the studio early. I am still in the studio late at night. Acquaintances wonder if I am self-absorbed. The people who love me find themselves needing to be very, very patient. Everything falls away, except the work.
It is always like this for me--every time. I work hard in the studio year around. I don't wait for an exhibition to begin to make work. However, I find that there is something about the process of preparing for an exhibition that always pushes my nose right up against the wall. Everything around me get's fuzzy, but the thing in front of me that needs to get done--my work--gets crystal clear.
Today, the show is up, and I feel good about the work. I realize it's been awhile since I have simply looked around. The leaves are changing colors, it's fall. I count the months I have been in Aurora. I count the months that are left before I return home to Philadelphia. My fellowship is half over. And I am a little sad. I have really missed living in Philadelphia, but there are so many things that I like about being a fellow at the Book Arts Center.
But first: What is this fellowship?
According to the Wells Book Arts Center website:
The Book Arts Center teaches introductory courses in letterpress printing, hand bookbinding, calligraphy and various upper-level courses in binding and printing. In addition to courses taught in the academic year, the Book Arts Center offers two week-long series of workshops in the book arts at Wells College."
|This is Victor Hammer's Press, for real.|
|Wells Book Arts Center is located on Lake Cayuga in upstate NY.|
|My favorite printer's devil and boyfriend, Curt Sauer.|
|I love my office.|
|Victor Hammer Mascot|
|Make-ready from Sarah's artist book Biography taped to the wall.|
Waiting outside my office door is this guy:
|In the sitting position he is about 3 1/2 feet high. He used to startle me, now we are old friends.|
|1) I can park my bike inside the arched entrance: I never have to lock up my bike. That's right, never locked, never stolen--take that Philly!|
|2) The Bindery! This is where I teach.|
|3) The Scriptorium--how amazing is it that there is a scriptorium?|
|4)The Student Press Room--this is also where I teach! The color coding for type makes me very very happy.|
|5) The Faculty Press Room--of course the Uni 1 is my true love, but the carpets on the print studio floor warm my heart.|
|6) Graffiti covers the desks in the Art History room.|
|7) I admired this folded paper thing for months, later to discover that my former teacher Hedi Kyle made it.|
|8) Third Floor Bindery--my studio!|
|9) Hours of discovery & adventure in the basement.|
|10) THE SAFE!|