Susannah Hays

 Like an Onion      
  Like an Onion

Photo Artists’ Books

Photographic books were first produced shortly after the medium’s invention. Anna Atkins’ 1843 British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions and William Henry Fox Talbot’s 1844 salt-prints in the Pencil of Nature initiated the new genre, forever revolutionizing modern civilization's core forms of communication — Art, Science and Technology.

The 19th through 21st century history of word and image will be tracked. After a brief review of optical inventions and the wide range of light-sensitive and digital media available today, questions will be raised: How do visually constructed languages essentially set free previously framed forms of thought? What role does technology play in moving our perceptions into new realms of seeing? How does the interplay inherent in artists’ books allow imagined relationships to be articulated through hybrid word / image constructions?

Taught in studio format, students refine conceptual and material skills when making unique, ‘one-of-a-kind’ or small edition books. Following hands-on experimentation with model structures, the course continues with lively discussions regarding editing and sequencing image and text into narrative, ‘filmic’ and non-linear forms of story telling. Emphasis is on bringing content to form when applying non-adhesive binding techniques with light-sensitive and/or digital media. Discovering the various uses of eastern and western papers and how they behave when cutting, scoring and folding, will be explored in relation to determining the right surface(s) for successfully printing and joining imagery.

3-4 individual meetings plus frequent group critiques throughout the semester provide support for technical and conceptual ideas generated by initial project proposals. A rich array of critical readings, guest lectures, visits to local archives and exhibitions furthers independent research.

One Sun, One Apple, One Day
One Sun, One Apple, One Day

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Egypt Fleurs de Nuit Between Cedar & Vine Rhizomes Star Fields Wild Gourds Arroyo Flora Chaco Mesa Verde

    © 2007 Susannah Hays