“FOG”

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“FOG”
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C.K.Itamura
2014
Mixed Media + Letterpress (Book)
13″ x 13″ x 1″
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ABOUT “FOG”
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FOG conveys a trio of relationships the artist has with fog.
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In the first and most outwardly visual context, FOG initially invokes the reader’s sense of mystery, of something shrouded in fog. Upon closer inspection, the literal pockets of fog become evident and a climactic change is hinted at. The number of pages in the book is significant, as the original title would suggest. The working title the artist gave to this piece was 10-day, but the title was changed to FOG upon completion of the work.
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In the second context, the narrative of FOG allows insight to the artist’s general creative process, which involves steam filled rooms and familiar plastic sheeting. The materials used – clear packing tape, clear plastic wire and paper letterpress printed with a trace of gray ink – to create FOG, support the narrative and invite the reader to touch and come into direct contact with the artist’s intention.
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The artist is originally from San Francisco, California and insomuch a third degree of FOG is inherent.
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ARTIST’S NOTES
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Of the three places where creative visions come into focus, standing in a steam filled room under a hot shower is at the top of my list. Fog is my wink and nod to anyone who may share the same situational relationship. As with atmospherical influences, personal interior creative process consists of stretches of vagueness punctuated by moments of clarity, and as with atmospherical influences, personal creative process by its nature cannot be manipulated, copied or sought after. It will eventually arrive, according to its own forecast.
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– C.K.Itamura
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ABOUT THE ARTIST
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C.K.Itamura is a letterpress and reduction linocut printer, photographer and writer. Her work blurs the lines between mediums as she combines letterpress and reduction linocut printing with photography, social commentary, personal idealism, live presentation and mixed media.
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In 2013, San Francisco Center for the Book selected C.K.Itamura to be one of ten featured artists to create large scale, carved linoleum, steamroller printed, limited edition prints at the 10th Annual Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival in San Francisco.
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In 2014, 2015 and 2016 her work will be featured in Absence and Presence: A Printmaking Response to the bombing of Al Mutanabbi Street. This International Exhibition will include: the Iraq National Library in Baghdad (2014-15); United States, various locations (2014-15), United Kingdom, Europe, Middle East and North Africa (2014-15), and the permanent collection of Herron Art Library, Purdue University, Indiana, USA (2016).
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Her studio, Peach Farm Studio is based in Sonoma County, California. She teaches letterpress, reduction linocut and other linoleum block-based classes and workshops in the San Francisco bay area and throughout the North Bay.
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Find Peach Farm Studio on WordPress, Facebook, Twitter & Tumblr and at www.PeachFarmStudio.com.
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Other letterpress + mixed media books by C.K.Itamura include Relief and a Printer on Printing in Print.

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