Catching Up With Gail Rieke

Miriam’s Well asks Santa Fe artist Gail Rieke a few questions.

1. What are you working on these days–themes, materials, projects?

2. How has the pandemic affected your art and process? Or maybe it hasn’t?

3. I’m thinking about book arts…I know you do some book arts that isn’t bound in a traditional fashion. How do you understand and execute the idea of book arts? Can it be words in a deconstructed container?

4. Anything else on your mind you’d like to share?

1 & 2
I am thinking about…
and responding to…
the dialectic between containment and explosion.

I feel strongly that while I am contained
within my home and garden most of the time
because of the corona crisis,
this is a time of explosion of energy
directed against so many aspects
of social, political, economic repression.

Hermeticism: that which is contained
revealed only at certain times
for specific purposes
continues to be central to my work.

Here’s a recently completed travel journal:
Islands and Coastlines: Japan 2019

It feels poignant now that my future travel plans
are mysterious.

It seems as if I am in suspension…
viewing the world through screens and book pages…
a time almost out of time…

If I were to compare it to a computer,
I would say that there are no more defaults settings
and that all the preferences need to be considered and reset.

3.
Categories: book… collage… assemblage… journal
are not so distinct in the work.

I think that the concept of revelation is central to my sense of “book”…
bound or unbound…

Here’s a visual that relates to the conundrum you ponder…
This journal is called The Shape of Time 2018-2019

Is it a book with separate stacked pages?
Is it a collage when they are mounted simultaneously?

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Editor’s note:
Thank you, Gail! I’m delighted to find out what one of my favorite artists is thinking.

2 thoughts on “Catching Up With Gail Rieke

  1. I love your responses, Gail. During the virus I did a very time consuming piece called “Fortuna” after the Greek goddess of fortune. I will send you a photo and a description because it will be difficult to see all the details.

    xox Gayle

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