Krista Sharp ~ Virginia

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Artist: "Based on my background in graphic design, I am a firm believer that form follows function. By utilizing different printing techniques, ranging from stone lithography to digital printing, I am afforded a greater range of storytelling through the varied mediums and the materials they employ. Not only are the narratives influenced by the medium and the process, the binding structures are also informed by the content. The designs and narratives of my work provide the rules and structure, and allow me to focus on the precision of the craft.

By Krista Sharp
Alexandria, Virginia: Krista Sharp, 2016. Edition of 20.

15 x 12 x 10" box containing 8 items plus 8.5 x 11" "Archive Request" form. Mixed media. Each item labeled. Box labeled and signed by the artist as the "Dir. of Archives".

An artist book artifacts assemblage from a fictional space exploration. The archive is "RIMOR mission documentation / Evidence recovered from Orion".

Krista Sharp: "How do readers experience a story? Is this experience as important as the story being told? Does the reader have a greater connection with a narrative if they become part of it? These are the questions that the artist book RIMOR I intends to answer. By exploring the physical objects contained within in order to navigate and understand the narrative, the reader is no longer an outsider looking in but an active participant.

"RIMOR I consists of a nondescript file box, the type that can be found in any archives room. Inside this box, evidence from a classified space mission is stored. The story is shaped by how the reader interprets the physical evidence. The narrative is told through a variety of epistolary forms including letters, a makeshift journal, and a communication log. By utilizing the epistolary form’s main characteristics — specific addressees, the addressees’ roles and by maintaining the present tense — the point of view of the narrative is allowed to shift from the characters within the story to the reader. The historical justification of the early epistolary form is exploited here by using materials and production methods from another time which in turn adds to the authenticity of the experience so that the narrative can be maintained and the viewer's sensory experience heightened."




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Martian Landscapes
By Krista Sharp
Alexandria, Virginia: Krista Sharp, 2015. Edition of 10.

5.5 x 4.25"; 14 pages including pastedowns. Woodcut and screen printed on Arches Cover and metallic decorative paper. Drum leaf binding. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Krista Sharp: "Martian Landscapes is an artist's book featuring abstract landscapes inspired by images obtained by NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover. The book features a quote from Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles that provides context for the imagery and the current mission planned to Mars by relating it to other settings that man has explored and in some instances destroyed."

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12 Moons
By Krista Sharp
Alexandria, Virginia: Krista Sharp, 2014. Edition of 7.

6.5 x 6.5"; 60 pages. Letterpress printed from photopolymer plates on Magnani Pescia Paper. Case binding with cloth-covered boards. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Krista Sharp: "Using text adapted from the Farmer’s Almanac, this book explains how the names of the monthly full moons came to be. It features illustration created by the artist that represent each of the full moons."
$475 (Last 2 copies)

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By Krista Sharp
Alexandria, Virginia: Krista Sharp, 2014. Edition of 5.

3.875 x 3.875"; 12 pages. Printed using polyester plate lithography on Rives BFK paper for the interior and Canson Mi-Teintes for the cover. Interior pages are handcolored with colored pencils. Blizzard binding. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Krista Sharp: "This book features the illustrated quote of one of science’s most beloved advocates, Carl Sagan, set against the back drop of images from the Hubble Space Telescope."

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