Alyssa Hoover is a recent Herron School of Art & Design graduate with a minor in book arts. On display now in the library is the culmination of six students work from this course of study. Which has allowed each of them to funnel their creative work through the medium of the artist book which includes letterpress, other printmaking media and papermaking. Each student has been able to use the artist book in ways distinct to their interest and parallel to their major focus of work at Herron or IUPUI.
"I gravitate towards art mediums that allow me to explore a narrative in my work. Illustration and Book Arts both allow me to achieve this goial, But in differeing ways. While I find that Illustation can be very immersive to the internal processes of imagination, Book Art creates a wonderfully unique experience of tactile nature in which the artist and the viewer can engage with possibilities in the outside world and the senses.
The narrative in my most recent work is overgrowtha nd decay. Specifically I am interested in decay that ocfcurs in places that people would normally groom or look after carefully; the places where they dwell. Through this series, I attempt to communicate that it is within the universes nature to create chaos. I also attempt to use domestic references and setting along with this disturbing level of destruction to convety humanities capacity for darkness or evil." ~ Alyssa Hoover
The Book Arts minor is offered through the department of Printmaking at Herron. We teach eight distinct courses spanning bookbinding, concept building through the artist book, letterpress, the printed book, papermaking, paper engineering, a survey course and a capstone senior course.
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