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Narrow Bridge

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"Narrow Bridge"

by Debra Disman

Artist Book/ Mixed Media

5.5" x 16" x 3.5"

Narrow Bridge" is an "Artists' Book", which can be opened to about 16+" wide, but can be displayed opened to 8-10", standing upright. It is a flag book structure and is made of board, paper, linen thread, and fabric.

"I currently work in the form of the book, in forms inspired by the book, and in new sculptural media of my own devising. Although the work remains tethered to loose definitions of the book as structure, it is moving progressively into other sculptural and conceptual realms where labor, repetition and a passion for the haptic become powerful motivators and themes.

The material that forms the body of the work also comprises its meaning and expression. It is a form of transmission of energy and intent from my hands and heart as maker to the eyes, mind and heart of the viewer, who becomes co-creator. Intense materiality in the form of texture and tactility communicates both the visceral and the ethereal, covering the gamut of human emotions and experience. We are touched by this materiality without knowing exactly why.

In the process of working, I try to sidestep my conscious, critical mind and allow a deeply embedded and often repressed sense of flow take over, while remaining fluid, aware and receptive to the visual, visceral, conceptual and concrete directions the work is taking. Achieving and remaining in a sense of flow where potential is infinite is mission critical to my working process. It is also this state that I try to bring those that I work with into, for it is in this state of purity, openness and unlimited possibility where new levels of connection and meaning emerge, and purpose, knowledge, wisdom and direction are clarified.

Having worked in the realm of the built environment for many years I am fascinated by the parallels between books and buildings in terms of structure, meaning, utility, architecture and effect. Each creates public and private spaces where stories are “read” on many levels, often revealing more than their authors and makers ever intended. I aim to create such places and spaces of inspiration, contemplation, realization and bafflement in my work and to instigate investigation, exploration and discovery in myself and others." - Debra Disman
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