Su Lund is a visual artist and bookmaker who creates assemblages combining painting, printmaking, and sculpture in elaborate detail. Her finely crafted pieces are multilayered, both literally and conceptually. Lund explores the endless possibilities of manipulating text and images to create exquisite messages. In Lund’s work, the found objects are to be read as text, and the artist sees them as a visual ‘language’ equal to words.
Her fascination with ancient knowledge sometimes merges with an interest in popular culture to create expressions bridging the past and the present. Trained as a bookbinder, Lund’s work combines conceptual art and traditional bookmaking techniques and pushes them in new directions. Combining whatever materials are necessary to best express an idea, gives the artist “freedom of expression that no single medium can provide,” she says.
Involved in the Book Arts movement since art school; Lund’s first book-works were primarily fine designer bindings and elaborate unique books and boxes in “traditional” Book Art formats. Later, Lund’s Book Art evolved into more experimental forms, creating archival structures with as many art processes as possible. Lund states, “My challenge is to take a concept and transform it into a concrete object that transcends the categories of Book Arts or Sculpture.”
Su Lund earned a BFA (Fine Arts/Design) from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and MFA equivalent in Book Arts through international apprenticeships. Her works have been shown nationally/internationally in museums and galleries, and acquired by many private collectors and ten Major Museum and University Collections. Lund has taught and lectured on the Artist’s Book movement at many art colleges and libraries around the country.
Lucky (in) Love or Money: (Grace/Awe) Sculptural Bookwork, (1/1). Wood construction, metal bits, wood bits. Letter on-lays, Chinese coins, antique postcards, Lino block, key, African button, French Tarot cards, wooden frame, Iron star, Antique metal hinge, Antique book cover, acrylic head collaged w. “Woman Suffrage” antique book pages, metal parts, currency, gold beads, copper wire, African beads, metal hearts, Love stamp, pigments. 10” x 15” x 10” (open). 2014.
Dream-Faith-Luck-Hope: (Veil of Truth)
Sculptural Bookwork, (1/1). Plaster pillar, iron horse-shoe, wooden cross, U.S. dollars, Arabic text, acrylic head, collaged Stock Exchange reports, metal chains, found letters, Chinese coin, antique crochet made by my Mother, French Tarot cards, wooden book, wood blocks, plastic soldier, nails, antique typewriter ruler, metal font and pigments.
19″ x 9″ x 9″ (standing)
Su Lund’s work appeared in the following exhibition(s) organized by The Center for Book Arts:
Fun & Games (and Such…)
Organized by Alexander Campos, CBA’s Executive Director and Julie Chen, Artist
All Andy All the Time
(2008) Sculptural wall book, (1/1). Wood construction brass and metal parts, pigments, photos, Andy quotes, wooden letters, Catholic medal, dominoes, interactive Andy “Famous 15 Minutes” punch card, “Believe” brass star, dollar bills, star charts, wood blocks and orbs, found objects, glass optics with eye, etc.
Star Nebula II: (Marilyn)
(2001) Sculptural wall book, (1/1) Wood construction, metal, brass, photos, pigments, stones, mixed media, eggshell and found objects.3 “page” surfaces. Unique work.
The Anthropomorphic Book
the 1994 annual Artist Members Exhibition
Star Nebula: (Marilyn)(I)
Wood, metal, brass, photos, pigments, stones, wire, glitter and found objects
Army Life: No WAR…Peace?
(1991) Sculptural book, (1/1) This is an “altered” WWII Army photo scrapbook. It was my fathers. Wood structure, eggshell, bone, linen cord, leather, beads, pigments, metal parts, thread, bark, metal fonts. 4 “page” surfaces. Unique work.
Contemplation Peace: Sacred Space
(1991) Sculptural book, (1/1) Hardwood construction, blue glass, tin on-lays, metal hinges, eggshell, pigments, stones, bamboo, beads, thread, shoelace on-lays, shell. 4 “page” surfaces. Unique work.