- Marylhurst University
- Heather Watkins: Recurrent Work
An exhibition catalogue for a process-driven artist
A compact (64pp) survey prepared for an exhibition of the northwest artist Heather Watkins’ work, focusing on installations and drawings created from 2011–2014.
The bulk of the book is concerned with Ms. Watkins’ experiments with cotton cord of various gauges – from shoelace- to garden-hose thickness – which she soaks in ink and then sandwiches between two sheets of Japanese paper (or, alternately, a sheet of Japanese paper and a sheet of drafting film), creating two drawing states which she terms transcripts (bottom) and readings (top) in the case of the larger all-paper works, and transmission and residual for those using paper and drafting film.
The ink is left to do its own work, creating strong, muscular drawings on the top sheet, and denser, more ethereal marks on the bottom. On the larger works – and some of them are quite large – she lets the cord dry in its ink and uses the stiffened result – which she terms “mediums” – to make large, three-dimensional wall installations.
The images are graphic and powerful. In telling their story, we used restrained typography, set in three sizes of a transitional Roman, and carefully modulated whitespace, deployed in an undulating rhythm to harmonize with the forms in the drawings.
Although Recurrent Work was originally planned to be a full-color publication, we noticed that most of the work to be included was monochromatic, with only slight shifts from cool to warm. We ended up printing the images as duotones of blue-black and warm-grey: modifying the ratios of the inks to approximate the natural color of a given piece. This was less expensive, of course; but had the additional benefit of a book that is truer to the work it contains.
- 7.25 × 10.5 in.
2-color offset lithography on uncoated paper; 64pp + cover + dust jacket
- Adobe Caslon
- Stephanie Snyder
- Allison Dubinsky
- Dan Kvitka
Evan La Londe