Are you looking to get the most out of your auction bidding investment? Then look no further than today’s example of printmaking mastery, not just one, but a set of two prints by the talented Sarah Bryant of Big Jump Press.
Sarah holds an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama and since completing her degree has been quickly racking up the accolades, including but not limited to the 2011 MCBA Prize for her book Biography and the Victor Hammer Fellowship at Wells from 2008-2011. She recently relocated to Brighton in the UK, and has been blogging her adventures as an ex-pat bookmaker here. Take a look for a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the editioning process for her last big book project.
She says about these two lovely prints:
This matching pair of prints is based on data from the 2005 Economic Census and was produced with the help of science correspondent Dave Allen, who currently teaches Biology at Middlebury. The (altered) ellipses in this print are representative of data regarding the percentage of elderly people, people who drive alone to work, property crime and livestock in each county in the United States. These variables were randomly paired to create ellipses, then plotted out geographically. I manipulated the resulting imagery to produced this print.
In Census #1, the variables at the heart of this print are printed in a faint (almost imperceptible) gray alongside the image area. Census #2 is paired with a halftone photograph of abandoned pipes and tubes.
Dave and I have been getting together every now and then for the last few years in hopes of producing a large scale book project. We are finally working on that project now and are hoping to get a book out within the next twelve months. I produced the Census prints while we were working on an (as yet) unrealized project in 2010. I mistakenly sent photos of different size here, but the prints are identical in dimension.