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.

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?


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

Wind in the Willows Event at Axleart

Please join us for this special performance-reading in the mobile gallery:
Madelin Coit: The Wind in the Willows
Three days only!
Opening at Santa Fe Railyard Plaza, May 6th, 5-7 pm

Coit will seat herself inside the gallery and read from Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows at The Railyard Plaza, Farmer’s Market, San Isidro Plaza, and The Downtown Library. People will be able to see Coit through the vitrine and hear her reading through roof-mounted speakers. This performance/installation is sure to please art enthusiasts, literati, and children of all ages.

Friday, May 6th
Railyard Plaza, 5-7 pm

Saturday, May 7th
Santa Fe Farmer’s Market (north side of the Railyard Plaza), 9am-1 pm
San Isidro Plaza ( near Stadium 14), 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Sunday May 8th
Downtown Library, 1 pm – 5 pm

Artwork and location is always at: