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Artist Michele Burgess will present her ongoing series of 11 hand-printed and bound artist’s books, called “The Stratigraphic Archives.” This series explores how different processes, shapes, and marks show the patterns, movements, and moods of impactful events, caused by nature or people. Burgess is interested in the relationship of these events to the human condition and the conditions of nature at its most fragile.

Burgess explains "Working in collaboration with poets, I have sought ways to interweave these remnants and records, questioning the relative inclusivity of our institutionalized “record keeping,” in comparison to nature’s way of letting everything “stay” and become incorporated into the ecosystem. I am interested in the relationship between these things to the human condition and the condition of nature, at their most fragile—exploring instances of the loss of history, language, imagery, and, eventually, memory. Markings of time are reconfigured through the processes of palimpsest, juxtaposition, time, gesture and erosion, erasure, and repair."

About Michele Burgess

Michele Burgess works in book arts, printmaking, painting, and sculpture.  She is the director of Brighton Press, founded by Bill Kelly in 1985, and collaborates with other artists and poets on projects that involve the book as an art medium. Burgess’s artist’s books are housed in over seventy-five public collections across the country, including the Achenbach Foundation for the Graphic Arts in San Francisco, Houghton Library Special Collections at Harvard University, Lilly Library at Indiana University, Minneapolis Institute of Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts, the New York Public Library, the University of Vermont, Stanford University Library, and the Toledo Art Museum. Burgess has served as guest lecturer, curator, and artist-in-residence at numerous museums, universities, and arts organizations, such as the Getty Research Institute and the Library of Congress.    Exhibitions of her books include the Musee d’Art Americain in Giverny, France, Fresno Art Museum, Cranbrook Art Museum, Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles, and the Mingei Museum. Her work was recently featured in _Artists and Their Books / Books and Their Artists_by Marsha Reid and Glenn Phillips (Getty Research Institute, 2018). Burgess taught for many years in the art departments at San Diego State University and the University of San Diego and is currently a Faculty Associate and Teaching Artist for the Prison Arts Collective. She divides her time between studios in Saxtons River, Vermont, and San Diego, California.

Caption: The Blood Book - The poem, “Where and How Blood Was Made,” by Chard deNiord; nine woodcuts, nine pochoirs, four drawings, and seven paintings by Michele Burgess

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Kristi Ehrig-Burgess

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