Thursday, June 19, 2008
This accordion book titled Havens is composed of multi-colored woodcuts. I chose to use this style of bookbinding in order to create different compositional effects as the viewer walked by the work. The book was composed to allow the viewer to see only the portraits when approaching from the left side and then to see only the flying machines when approaching from the right side. The book can also be experienced from the front so that all of the images can be viewed at once.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
This drypoint etching was completed after reading a historical biography documenting the incredible exploits of an early pioneer in aviation, Alberto Santos-Dumont. The book titled Wings of Madness by Paul Hoffman contains several detailed accounts of Dumont's flying experiences.
This etching includes a portrait of Dumont in his younger days as well as one of his experimental dirigibles named No. 9, Baladeuse which was the world's first personal flying machine.