Star Poems

Star Poems Karen Hanmer United States, 2008

Star Poems
Karen Hanmer
United States, 2008

Star Poems presents quotes that document response to the night sky across the ages by philosophers, artists, and poets from Plato and Byron to contemporary writers, scientists and astronauts. This text is paired with 17th century mythological images of constellation forms and images of early stargazers on a background of a NASA photograph of the Milky Way.

The night sky has always been a canvas upon which people project their myths and dreams. Our survival once depended on watching the stars – when to plant, harvest, hunt, and prepare for the seasons; how to find our way to distant lands and home again. Though our wellbeing is no longer tied to observing the stars, we still feel compelled to look at the night sky.

The book can be held in the hand and read page by page like a traditional book, or removed from its jacket and unfolded flat to reference historical astronomical charts or contemporary NASA composite photos, or can be folded into an infinite variety of sculptural shapes.

Pigment inkjet prints


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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