Lake + Cloud is an artistic book collaboration between Katie Baldwin and SCAP Director Denise Bookwalter that explores the expansive act of reading by altering the reader’s physical space. Unlike other SCAP projects, the artists worked together for a month at Vermont Studio Center during a residency to plan their collaborative work. While they were planning Lake + Cloud they also worked on a parallel series of works that explored its original idea.
Lake + Cloud includes two parachutes, one white and one blue, that are pulled from the book and placed in the reader’s space to make a representation of a lake and a cloud. The book uses the parachutes and an operational manual to transform the space. Included with the lake and cloud props is a letterpresses instruction book that encourages the reader to experiment and instructs them how to put things away again for the next reader. In manipulating the object, the viewer is engaged in the process of “reading” the book. The project illustrates the poetic and organic collaborative process from inception to object.
The deluxe version features a letterpress printed pamphlet stitched booklet with foldout, and two ripstop parachutes. For more information, view the original post.
“My images create a visual narrative, bearing witness to both the ordinary and extraordinary events of human life. I work in series; my prints complete each other as a non-linear account that attests to the complexity of the human condition. Daily life intersects with themes of poverty, relationships, culture, natural disasters and dumb luck.
My recent work is about my confusion between the personal and the political. About trying to distinguish the point where policy-making and power at the national level collides with the everyday lives of ordinary people. ”