Susan Lowdermilk
Eugene, OR

A Ritual to Read to Each Other

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About this Book

Tunnel Book with three panel wrap around cover. 12 x 15 inches. “A Ritual to Read to Each Other" poem copyright © 1998 by the Estate of William Stafford. Reprinted from The Way It Is: New & Selected Poems with the permission of Greywolf Press, Saint Paul, Minnesota. Text set in Gill Sans Condensed, printed from polymer plates at lone goose press, Eugene, Oregon. Woodcut image printed on Zerkall Niddegen paper by Susan Lowdermilk, 2007.

Artist Statement
This book was created in reaction against the US/Iraq and Afghanistan war. The two-dimensional woodcut image that makes up the tunnel structure was originally titled, “Peace Inside the Noise” and was meant to stand on it own. As a tunnel book, I feel the piece visually and conceptually supports Stafford’s message in his poem, “A Ritual to Read to Each Other”—A plea for reliance on community and cooperation for peace and harmony.

Artist Biography
As a printmaker and book artist, I primarily work in relief media such as woodcut and wood engraving. I teach art and applied design courses at Lane Community College in Eugene Oregon. My work appears in many public collections including the Getty Museum, the Library of Congress and the New York Public Library and is represented in galleries throughout the United States.

I explore mark and impression as visual and conceptual ideas through my work in print media and artist’s books. I strive to express the tenuous qualities of the human experience and human interaction through my representation of objects and mark as visual metaphors. I invite the viewer to overlay their own personal metaphors and narratives as they experience my work.

All images and text copyright the artist. All rights reserved.