Artist
Ollendieck, Gena
Cresco, IA
Artist Statement
I have always found inspiration in old discarded objects, nature, and vintage black and white family snap shots. The beauty and mystery inherent in old and forgotten objects offers me the opportunity to transform the ordinary into something new. My books are bound using a leather hand-binding process in which the pages and the cover are hand sewn. I use all acid-free, archival-quality paper ideal for mounting photos and memories. In the early stages of each piece, I begin by creating a collage surface on which to work. This is either on the books' cover surface (after the binding process is complete) or the collage backing. Old black and white images, post cards, pages from old books, and vintage metals and children's games are used to establish the feeling of each piece. I am artistically and emotionally drawn to old flatware especially spoons. The beauty within the natural patina lends itself to telling and creating a story all its own. Then, internal workings of broken pocket watches, typewriters and cameras, bits of rusted metal, children's games and additional natural elements are incorporated. And finally, leather is stretched over the cover surface of each book and closures and end pages are added or matting and framing is done. My goal is to create a new story from the objects and images I alter and assemble, playing with the feelings that coexist between the natural, physical, and imaginary worlds.
Booth : A212
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