Life-size Accordion Book
Pen and Ink, Transfer Printing, Vellum, Sheer Batiste Fabric, Hand-Stitched Embroidery, Machine Embroidery, Machine Stitching, Screen Print with Coffee, Asarakusui Paper
Each Book Page: 36" x 42"
Read Labyrinth Artist Statement below
That the story of the Minotaur and the Labyrinth creates and retells my own family history and fiction demonstrates the relevancy of mythology as a contemporary art genre. “Ariadne sent for Daedalus and told him he must show her a way to get out of the Labyrinth.” The mythology of the Labyrinth describes the great artist and architect Daedalus then giving Ariadne a “clue” of a “ball of thread” that she gives to her champion Theseus to defeat the monster in the story, the Minotaur. The viewer is guided through a retelling of this story in the form of a book installation or what may be better described as a “bookenviron.” The piece links the art forms of visual art and literature by looking to the traditions of mythology and story as a focus. Ariadne and Theseus’ story operates on two levels in this installation: to represent Lois Marshall, my grandmother, who physically struggled to remember through Alzheimer’s, and it represents myself in my own underlying thoughts and journey in reaction to my grandmother’s condition. The bookenviron utilizes an other-worldliness quality of myth while simultaneously exploring the necessity of evil within stories, and more specifically the effectiveness of monstrosity by dehumanization. By demonstrating these qualities, the viewer may engage with the story and the piece itself by allowing the space provided by the pages to guide him or her through the labyrinth.