Susan Warner Keene
Handmade paper with watermarks, lamination, and single fold; cotton and abaca fibres, aqueous dispersed pigment.
10.5 x 28 x 6.5 cm (when standing folded)
Artist's Statement: Much of my work involves placing imagery or text within the structure of handmade paper, embodying it in the form rather than placing it on the surface. In Breathe, the action made possible by the fold amplifies the watermarked text legible on the front panel. In proper lighting conditions, the text repeats on the inside as light passes through the watermark on the back panel. At rest in a triangular position, the fronts and backs of the letters embrace the volume of air potentially displaced by the fold.
Susan Warner Keene is a Toronto artist working in handmade paper and textiles who has been exhibiting her work in Canada and abroad since 1980. Her work is in the collections of the Canadian Museum of Civilization; the Canada Council Art Bank; the Government of Canada, Department of External Affairs; Cambridge Public Art Gallery, Cambridge; as well as in many private collections. In 1991 she received the Saidye Bronfman Award for Excellence in the Crafts.
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