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Poem by Case Caulfield
Image by Sean Caulfield
[Edmonton, Alberta, Canada]: Sean Caulfield, 2020. Edition of 10.

18" x 14.5” closed. Accordion structure extending from front pastedown. Medium: relief (linocut) and letterpress on Hahnemühle. Bound in Japanese silk with ribbon tie closure. Book design and typography by Sue Colberg. Numbered. Signed by the collaborators.

Sean Caulfield: "’Watercircle’ was produced through a collaborative process between Sean Caulfield (visual artist), Case Caulfield (writer), and Sue Colberg (book designer). To initiate the work, Sean Caulfield drew thematic inspiration from the North Saskatchewan River, which is a major feature in the landscape of Treaty 6 Territory and is the historical and contemporary heart of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. In reflecting on the landscape shaped by the river, Sean Caulfield created a large-format linocut that explored themes of ecological change and regeneration of the landscape and the individuals who inhabit it. Like much of Caulfield's relief print work exploring landscape and the environment, ‘Watercircle’ draws on a number of sources of inspiration including German woodcuts from 1500 and 1600s, historic and contemporary scientific and industrial illustrations, and the prairie landscape of Alberta. In response to this, Case Caulfield created a text sourced in myth, contemporary imagery and the circularity of being. Finally, Colberg created an accordion book format to showcase linocut landscape and poem, and then designed the cover and interior typography to bring unity and visual harmony to both.

"Sean Caulfield is a visual artist and Professor in the Department of Art & Design, University of Alberta (U of A), with a creative practice focused on printmaking, artist's books, drawing, and sculpture. Sue Colberg is Associate Professor of Design Studies in the Department of Art & Design at the U of A, with a practice focused in visual communication design, typography, and book design. Case Caulfield is a writer, musician, and geophysicist based in Calgary, Alberta, Treaty 6 Territory."



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