Jeffrey Altepeter
Katy Baum
Elizabeth Curran Boody
Denise Carbone
Valerie Carrigan
Rebecca Chamlee
Gabby Cooksey
Coleen Curry
Debra Disman
Mark Esser
Casey Gardner
Don Glaister
Virginia Green
Penelope Hall
Karen Hanmer
Jon Hinkel
Susan Hulme
Lang Ingalls
Caitlin Jochym
Peggy Johnston
Andrea Krupp
Monique Lallier
Beth Lee
Sue Huggins Leopard
Christine Manwiller
Emily Martin
Christopher McAfee
Natalie Naor
Tara O'Brien
Patricia Owen
Graham Patten
Todd Pattison
Rebecca Philio
Patricia Sargent
Suzanne Sawyer
Jackie Scott
Judy Sgantas
Sarah Smith
Therese Swift-Hahn
Deborah Thompson
Claire Van Vliet
Peter Verheyen
Robert Walp
Thomas Parker Williams
Charles Wisseman
Rutherford Witthus

Tara O'Brien
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Luminary is printed by the sun. The images were designed in Photoshop, printed onto film and exposed on Rives BFK by the sun using Jacquard Solarfast. The narrative asks questions about the relationships between the earth and various locations in the universe. Our human desire to understand how the universe was formed is the only way we can understand our location within the cosmos. Where do the stars begin? How large is the earth in the Moon's sky? How do we shine to other eyes? These questions can only really be answered by the few who have left our planet.

Sun prints, foil stamping, drum leaf binding. 7 x 10 x 1 inches. 18 x 5.5 x 2.5 centimeters. Created 2015.

TARA O'BRIEN received her MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She is the director of conservation at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and adjunct lecturer at Moore College of Art and Design, where she teaches book arts and the history of the printed word in the graphic design department.