Black Rose Press ~ Texas
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Susan kae Grant received an MFA in Photography and Book Arts in 1979 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She taught at Wayne State University from 1979-1981 and joined the faculty at Texas Woman’s University in 1981 where she is currently Professor and head of the Photography area. She is on the staff of the International Center of Photography where she teaches bookmaking workshops. In 2003 and 2005 she was the recipient of the SPE “Freestyle Crystal Apple Award” and “The Excellence in Photographic Teaching Award” in 2004 from the Santa Fe Center for Photography.
   
Shadowed Memory
By Susan Kae Grant
[Rochester, New York]: [Visual Studies Workshop], 2005-2006. Edition of 150.

5 x 7"; 60 pages. Digital printing. Bound in a gray suede-like material with the title blind-stamped on the cover.

Susan Kae Grant: "Shadowed Memory was produced during a residency at the Visual Studies Workshop. It is a limited edition book of shadow portraits designed in collaboration with Dallas designer Randal Hill using Kodak NexPress digital technologies at Padgett printing.

"The book ... consists of 25 anonymous shadow portraits juxtaposed with phrases of poetry written at the workshop.

"To produce this series, customized backdrops of shadows were created at Conduit Gallery in the spring of 2004 from an assortment of found objects and fabrics chosen specifically to evoke each individual's personality and capture [her] essence. The formal execution can be traced back stylistically to Grant's fascination with shadows."

$110

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Radioactive Substances
By Susan Kae Grant
Dallas, Texas: Black Rose Press , 1994 - 1997. Edition of 20.

5 x 6 x 2" hinged lead box containing test tubes and book. Quotations and illustrations printed on lead pages, spiral bound. Text paraphrased from Eve Curie's biography of her mother printed on scrolls slipped into glass test tubes.

Susan Kae Grant: "It is an interpretation of Marie Curie's graduate dissertation, which was presented at the Sorbonne in Paris, France, in 1903. While illustrating her scientific research, it provides a personal look into her life as mother, wife, scientist, the dangerous conditions she worked in, and consequently the physiological effects she and her husband suffered.

"Each book contains 15 photographs and 15 text pages that juxtapose historic photographic images with text illustrating summaries written from Curie's experiments on the scientific discovery of Radium. The pages are made out of one pound lead sheeting. The photographic images were scanned from a variety of historic sources and printed directly on the surface of the lead using the Polaroid Emulsion Transfer Process.

"Theoretically, this bookwork artistically portrays and examines the life of Marie Curie while addressing feminist issues related to the exclusion of women in science. It chronicles her life and achievements as a scientist and articulates her ability to balance her obsession for knowledge and scientific inquiry with her duties as a wife and mother."

Radioactive Substances was created for the exhibition Science and the Artist’s Book held at the Smithsonian Institution.
$8,000 copy 19
$10,000 copy 20


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The Wink, The Kiss, The Slap
By Susan Kae Grant
Dallas, Texas: Black Rose Press, 1987-88. Edition of 15.

3 x 4 x 3" plexiglas box with 3 flip books in drawers. Books: 3 x 2" miniatures bound in fur. Letterpress printed.

Susan Kae Grant: "Inspired by failed relationships, [this work] consists of three miniature flip books bound in rabbit fur and contained in a plexiglas jewel box. On the surface, the books appear to be light and entertaining. However, upon closer examination the tiny flip books become painful symbols and reminders of the growing number of dysfunctional relationships in the culture. Beginning with the courting process, the reader is introduced to familiar issues such as 'pursuit,' 'trust,' 'response,' and 'deception.' The combinations of materials (fur and cubic zirconium) represent symbols used in society for enticement. The transparent and closed quality of the box entices the viewer, yet also provides a barrier much as the behavior that shapes human relationships.

"The three fur-bound books are presented in a treasure like chest with a 'man made' diamond mounted in the pull of each drawer. Fur and diamonds symbolize and represent the status people are encouraged to search for in relationships and the treasures the consumer industry has taught them to expect."The three fur-bound books are presented in a treasure like chest with a 'man made' diamond mounted in the pull of each drawer. Fur and diamonds symbolize and represent the status people are encouraged to search for in relationships and the treasures the consumer industry has taught them to expect.

"Repetitive text is printed letterpress on cards stock and contact-size photographs are original laser prints. Each of the three books is bound in a color chosen symbolically for the intended message. While flipping the pages, the alternation between male and female stares, winks, and kisses is barely noticeable and seems innocent. In the last book, The Slap, gender is hardly decipherable and the physical gesture combined with the color no longer appears innocent."

$1,200 (Two copies available)

 

   

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