True as Earth, Strong as Water

True as Earth, Strong as Water Shu-Ju Wang; Relay, Replay, Press United States, 2011

True as Earth, Strong as Water
Shu-Ju Wang; Relay, Replay, Press
United States, 2011

In a world of supersized and fast everything, I create small, intimate work, slowly.

Arnie’s life has always been anchored around a farm or a body of water. He was born and raised on a South Dakota farm and later retired to a farm in Oregon; in between, he fought in the Pacific during WWII and raised a family around the Great Lakes. In accepting the Distinguished Alumni Award from Northern State University, he listed born & raised on a farm as the first thing he was thankful for.

True as Earth, Strong as Water is grounded in this connection to the land and the water. The book contains handmade paper made with soil from the South Dakota and Oregon farms, water from the Pacific Ocean, the Willamette and Columbia rivers, all places deeply connected to Arnie’s life.

Gocco printed, handmade paper

About sense of place in artist books

I am an artist. I find the ephemeral place in my art conjured up through practice. I sift through raw materials with my hopes and dreams, and ideas take form as if intended.
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