Johanna Finnegan-Topitzer, “Return”

Return – mixed media/artistic book, single cord bound, beech boards, salmon leather onlays, hand-cut Tiziano Fabriano paper, watercolor (closed)

 

Return – mixed media/artistic book, single cord bound, beech boards, salmon leather onlays, hand-cut Tiziano Fabriano paper, watercolor (open)

 

Return – mixed media/artistic book, single cord bound, beech boards, salmon leather onlays, hand-cut Tiziano Fabriano paper, watercolor (detail)

 

Return – mixed media/artistic book, single cord bound, beech boards, salmon leather onlays, hand-cut Tiziano Fabriano paper, watercolor (detail)

 

Return – mixed media/artistic book, single cord bound, beech boards, salmon leather onlays, hand-cut Tiziano Fabriano paper, watercolor (open)

 

Artist: Johanna Finnegan-Topitzer (Somerville, MA)

Title: Return (2013)

Medium/technique(s): mixed media/artistic book (wood, paper, thread, watercolor)

Dimensions, open: 5″ x 15″ x 5″

Dimensions, closed: 5″ x 7″ x 2″

 

Artist Statement:

I have been an artist since my early years. More recently, I was trained in the tradition of hand bookbinding at the North Bennet Street School in Boston, MA. I create sculptural objects using hand bookbinding techniques, paper, paintings, and print making. Most of these art pieces are meant to be held and explored by the viewer when they are picked up and the pages are turned or the boxes are opened. My sculptures are homages to the natural world and show the beauty, diversity, and curiosities that make up our incredible planet.