Heather Evans, “falling awake”

Book covers, binding

evans-bookpages

Book pages, india ink dyed gradient

 

Artist: Heather Evans (Mansfield, TX)

Title: falling awake (2012)

Medium/technique(s): Monotype, India ink dyed, coptic binding

Edition size: N/A

Number of pages: 144

Dimensions, open: 8.5 x 11 x 5.5 in

Dimensions, closed: 8.5 x 5.5 x 4 in

 

Artist Statement:

My work has shifted from a narrative representation of specific, vivid dreams to a more abstract expression of these dreams and the idea of dreaming itself. I express these ideas through monotype, a medium which gives off a mood that I connect to and helps to perpetuate the dream-like quality I am seeking. I am fascinated by that moment between sleep and awake when the emblems of a dream become foggy and far away and the dreamer is tethered back to reality. This coptic bound book’s pages are dyed to form a gradient from white to black. As the viewer turns the pages, the subtle change in saturation is meant to feel like falling asleep and, alternately waking up. The book is reversible, allowing the viewer to navigate the space between dreams.