ARTIST STATEMENT

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Su Lund is a visual artist and bookmaker who creates assemblages combining painting, printmaking and sculpture in lavish detail.  Her finely crafted pieces are multilayered, both literally and conceptually.  Lund explores the endless possibilities of manipulating text and images to create exquisite messages.  In Lund’s work, the found objects are to be read as text, and the artist sees them as a visual ‘language’ equal to words.

 

Her fascination with ancient knowledge (including astrology and numerology) sometimes merges with an interest in Dada and surrealist art, as well as popular culture to create expressions bridging the past and the present.  Trained as a bookbinder, Lund’s work combines conceptual art and traditional bookmaking techniques and pushes them in new directions.  Combining whatever materials are necessary to best express an idea, gives the artist “freedom of expression that no single medium can provide,” she says.

 

Involved in the Book Arts movement since Art School; Lund’s first years of bookmaking were primarily devoted to creating fine designer bindings and elaborate unique books and boxes in “traditional” Book Art formats. Her more recent years of art making have been more experimental; combining archival structures with as many art processes as possible. Lund states, “In the Book Arts, we are limited only by our imaginations. My challenge is to take a concept and transform it into a concrete object that transcends the categories of Book Arts or Sculpture." Lund’s bookworks were featured in Catalogue #36 by Joshua Heller Rare Books, of Washington D.C. Vamp & Tramp Booksellers represent her unique Bookworks, nationally. Su Lund’s work has been shown recently in Santa Fe, NM, N.Y. Center for Book Arts, The Torpedo Factory/Pyramid Atlantic galleries (D.C.), Athenaeum Arts Library in La Jolla, CA, Encinitas, CA Library Gallery, San Diego Museum of the Living Artist, and Women’s Museum of CA, S.D. Lund’s work is currently showing in Lexington, KY and Carlsbad, CA.

 

 

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Su Lund earned a BFA (Fine Arts/Design) from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and MFA equivalent in Book Arts through international apprenticeships. Her works have been shown nationally in museums and galleries, and acquired for private and Major Collections including The University of Alberta, in Canada, The Jack Ginsberg Collection in Johannesburg, South Africa, The Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry in Miami, FL, Denver University in Colorado, Lafayette College in PA, Purdue University, IN, the University of KY and the Avant Writing Collection, Rare Books & Manuscripts Library, Ohio State University. The Jaffe Collection: Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, and Athenaeum Arts Library in La Jolla, CA have documented her work.

 

Building on her understanding of book construction, Lund has designed and co-produced 74 illustrated children’s books, many in paper-engineered or pop-up formats.  She has worked with major museums including The Walker Art Center, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and The Children’s Theatre Company and School (Mpls.) to create 2-D and 3-D visual displays and installations. Lund currently exhibits at A.I.R. Haus, her private Gallery/Studio/Home.  

 

She has also taught and lectured on the Artist’s Book movement at many art colleges and libraries around the country, including Oregon College of Arts & Crafts, Marylhurst College, Ringling School of Art & Design, and Penland School of Arts & Crafts. 

 

A handcraft “builder” at heart, Su Lund collaborated with architect/artist Robert Avon Lees for many years creating unique homes and landscapes featuring “art into architecture.”

 

 

 

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