Book artist and teacher Julie Chen of Flying Fish Press will deliver the annual Enid Mark Lecture “At the Intersection of Content, Process and Magic: The Artists’ Book Experience”
Julie Chen will discuss her recent work and give some behind the scenes peeks at how her artist’s books get designed and produced. The artist’s book is a versatile art form that allows for the creation of a wide variety of immersive experiences. Reading is generally a solitary activity, so all elements contained in an artist’s book must be easily accessible to the reader and, in the case of books with unusual structures, come with clear instructions on how to work them. Makers of artist’s books must often juggle many roles: designer, engineer, printer, binder and of course, artist.
Julie Chen is an internationally known book artist who has been publishing limited edition artists’ books under the Flying Fish Press imprint for over 30 years. Her books combine text and image with innovative book structures to create reading experiences that engage the reader in interactions that go far beyond the simple turning of a page. Her work can be found in numerous collections worldwide including the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland, NZ. In 2009 she was a featured artist in the PBS television series, Craft in America and in 2020 she was one of the featured artists in the documentary film, The Book Makers. She is a professor of Art at the University of Wisconsin- Madison.
The annual Enid Mark Lecture on Poetry & Contemporary Book Arts is in honor of the memory of artist, writer, and fine book publisher Enid Mark, class of 1954. Enid was passionate about words and imagery. From the 1980s until shortly before her death in 2008, she carefully considered all components of her books: text (her own words or those written by others, many of them modern women poets); imagery (her own artwork); type design and layout; binding. She studied English literature and studio art, and her bookwork is featured in Special Collections.