Janet GoldnerNew York, NY
I have been making hinged sculptural steel books with movable pages since the early 1990s. They began as a way to add layers and complexity to the hanging panels which are similar to pages. Adding multiple pages which are pieced and pierced by imagery and text results in varying degrees of transparency through made of steel. The books are playful layered, steel collages constructed from my own scrap steel. They have ranged in size from small indoor tabletop/book shelf size to large outdoor sculptural installations including fences and gates. My sculptural work brings together art and poetry by cutting images and texts into steel sculptures using a welding torch as a drawing instrument. I combine the tactile, spatial forms of sculpture with elegant, succinct comments on contemporary social issues. I do studio work, and commissions as well as community and public projects. I first traveled to West Africa in 1973.? Since spending eight months in Mali on a Fulbright in 1995, I have been engaged in a dialogue with Malian artists concerning our lives, work, creative process. The combining of Western and non-Western images and ideas are a result of many trips to Africa, as well as a response to my own layered American cultural identity.
Janet Goldner's work appeared in the following exhibition(s) organized by The Center for Book Arts
I will cut thrU: Pochoirs, Carvings, and Other Cuttings