The Assignment


Janine Wong
Milton, MA

Title: Folded Geometry

Number of Copies in Edition: One-of-a-Kind
Size: Book size is 5.75 x 3.50 inches and boxed size is 7 x 4 inches
Numer of Pages: 18

Medium: Monotype pages with sewing on BFK Rives. Wire edge binding with aluminum cover enclosed in a clamshell box

Price: $400

To purchase, please contact Laura at 23 Sandy Gallery.

The Assignment

A DAILY PRACTICE of searching, thinking and creating visual ideas is essential for the book artist.

Over the course of the first month of the semester, create a new collage each day. Use materials readily available in your studio: old prints (both analogue and digital), letters, receipts, newspapers, magazines, paper ephemera as well as found objects from everyday life. Use these elements as bricolage [a French term to build with what is on hand]. Use this daily collage making as a drawing too–a sketchbook or journal; a barometer indicating what you’re looking at and thinking visually. The collection of collages offers a glimpse into creative ideas in which you can build more complex book projects.

From these collages, choose your favorite one. This will serve as both your visual and conceptual theme for your artists’ book. Begin by writing about the concepts and ideas that framed the piece. Use the collage as a departure point from which to develop a visual and/or written narrative. Form or the structure of the book should be informed by its content.

Artist Statement

MY WORK IS A COMBINATION OF CAREFUL RESEARCH AND PLAYFUL INTUITION. It is an organic process when I gather together ideas and visual elements in advance and set the creative process in motion through layering, collage and the juxtaposition of image and text. Prints are created for both wall pieces and books often using ghost prints, test pulls and residual ink prints as foundations for book pages.

Folded Geometry is a series of monotypes that explore systems. The fields of dots form a matrix; juxtaposing values or colors and must vary from the neighboring color. The system is an arbitrary field that is printed by monotype that forms the “game board”. The drawing or sewing is the second system that responds to the field; with connections based on value or color i.e. connect only grays, only yellows. The independent systems produce geometry that is distinct and specific. Systems serve as an overlying map of arbitrary logic that appears both concrete and real.


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