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Juliana McDonald

Monarch Pages

Monarch Pages. 2016.

Monarch Pages

Monarch Pages. 2016.

Artist's Statement

I began making books with students in my teachings days. Later, while working on my Fine Arts degree at the University of Ottawa, I found the book format, not stitched, a useful way to present photo assignments involving the passage of time. Since the themes I favour involve fragility, loss, and layering, I like to use translucent materials in my artist books. Hence, I have sandwiched acrylic transfers of my photos between Plexiglas in a sixteen-foot long accordion book. Later I made a small printed book based on the Plexi book using translucent pages. I have used the acrylic transfer technique with photos of my son, his father and his grandfather in a book with a complicated stitched binding and fold-out pages. I don’t consider myself to be a book artist, but I do know how to find generous friends who will help me when I have an idea I would like to put into book format. For this I am grateful.

Since 2000 I have worked from my studio at the Enriched Bread Artists in Ottawa. I have painted hundreds of canvases in oil, made many enormous paper works out of tissue paper based on Monarch butterflies, and often can be seen wandering through fields and woods photographing whatever surprises me.
 
Juliana McDonald
Ottawa, ON
www.julianamcdonald.ca
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