I am a maker of artists’ books and a collector of natural, found objects, in particular feathers. In my works, I use feathers to create a personal space that is emotionally recognizable. The discarded feathers vary in their physical condition depending on how long they have been exposed to the elements. Their warmth and softness feel safe; their dirt and grime become profane; they are both strong and delicate. In my book works, the feathers represent all of these things. They provide a quiet, safe haven for private laments, and then become an expression of vulgarity.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Erin K. Schmidt is a book artist working and living outside of Detroit, Michigan. She has her BFA from Michigan State University and her MA in Book Arts from the University of the Arts London. Her work has been exhibited internationally and can be found in private and public collections including Tate Britain, the University of the West of England, RISD, and Yale University.
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