Dreams and Impressions | The journey of two artist friends Genie Shenk and Mary Ellen Long

Dreams and Impressions | The journey of two artist friends, Genie Shenk and Mary Ellen Long 
10/5 - 10/27


The Ink Shop is honored to exhibit the poetic documentations by book artists, Mary Ellen Long and Genie Shenk displaying three-dimensional works of paper, text, imagery, and found objects. 
We are very sad to say that Genie Shenk passed away on August 19th, 2018 and are grateful to her family and friend Mary Ellen Long for helping us to continue with this exhibit.

Genie Shenk Wreck of the Little Bee    

Genie Shenk’s work in printmaking, fiber and book arts has been extensive and diverse.We are fortunate to have  several excellent examples of her books in this exhibit, including The Wreck of the Little Bee, which is a housing for dreams of warning before the death of a mermaid, and The Fudge of Atropos, made with handmade paper and mulberry paper with cord, some findings, magnets, and dried fudge. A quote from the artist, “In my mother’s dresser drawer, hard as a rock, cold as stone. She had loved chocolate. . .”  Several books in the exhibit and the focus of most of her research are her dream logs and related dream pieces. She was influenced by Jungian philosophy, and began recording her dreams in visually in 1982. While attending the Masters of Fine Arts program at UCLA in 1987, Genie focused on book arts. She used the book as a register, for dreams, belongings, travels, and events. She taught color theory and developed a popular experimental book arts course at San Diego Mesa College, and taught book arts at Mesa College and the Athenaeum School of the Arts in La Jolla for 17 years. Genie was co-founder of Mesa Arts Press and a founding member of San Diego Book Arts. Her work has been widely exhibited and is most significantly represented in the University of Washington Library Special Collections, the University of California San Diego Special Collections, the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library in La Jolla, the Long Beach Museum of Art, and the Library of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.  

Mary Ellen Long, Rio Grande
Mary Ellen Long Rio Grande    

Mary Ellen Long explores themes of nature, ritual, process and time. Mary Ellen’s ForestStories use paper, photography, mixed media, and found materials to document her environmental statements and other subjects such as family, the process of aging, and cultural issues. Some of Mary Ellen’s very interesting works included in this exhibit are Roots and Rivers, an exploration into the physicality of roots which led to her interest in the lines that rivers make on the land. Winter Pressings, are a series documenting paper she has buried for the duration of winter, a practice she has committed to since 1983. Mary Ellen was born in Los Angeles and lived in North San Diego County before moving to Durango, Colorado 34 years ago. She received BA and MA degrees from San Diego State and has received grants from the Colorado Arts Council. Mary Ellen has been a featured artist at The Center for Book Arts in New York City and has been an artist-in-residence at Edgemont Highlands in Durango creating outdoor environmental art for 9 years.


 

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