List of artists
(alphabetized by first name)
oil-based ink, pastel, paper, faux leather, bookboard
9¾ x 15¼ closed; 28½ x 15¼ open
edition of 57
Body of Inquiry is a triptych opening to a sewn codex within the subject’s torso. It is a structure of display and intimacy. The scale is large and unfolding and the details are numerous and intricate, accurate and outlandish. The instruments on the outer panels are from 19th and 20th century scientific catalogs. The rest of the images are drawings I made and transferred into photopolymer plate for letterpress. The scientific panels explore the miracle of our physicality and are sequenced beginning with atoms, moving to cells and to genetic structure. The interior codex tells the story of my anatomical model and investigates the permeable borderline between material and immaterial in our bodies and life.
Casey Gardner has a BFA in printmaking and graphic design from California College of the Arts. At CCA, she studied book art with Betsy Davids, Nance Obanion and Julie Chen. She grew up in Aspen, Colorado where she focussed on ski racing and learning through books. She lives in the Bay Area doing free lance graphic design and runs Set In Motion Press on her Vandercook 4.