Claire Jeanine Satin, artworks/artspace

Dania Beach, Florida

Pentimento: Steno Book For Joseph and Amelia Satin (Gregg “M”)

Printing on acetate, metallic overprinting, monofilament, glass beads. An homage to my parents, particulary my father, who taught stenography and stenotyping. I have excerpted and reproduced the letter section M from a Gregg dictionary published in 1963. The overlaying of the texts results in a unique and unplanned configuration, possible only by means of a chance system. This conceptual approach has its origins in my association with the artist/composer John Cage and his ideas of indeterminacy and the release of the ego in decisionmaking. Each page retains its integrity while also able to be viewed simultaneously. The names of both my parents make up the cover, in English and Gregg shorthand. 21.5 x 14 x 1 centimeters. Created 2004.

Claire Jeanine Satin is a book artist, sculptor and designer of public art installations with a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA from Pratt Institute. Her work has been extensively exhibited in the United States and in Europe. She is known especially for her conceptual works influenced by the ideas of composer/visual artist John Cage, and the conversion of ordinary industrial materials into environmental constructions and book works of layered transparent mass. A paramount element is the incorporation of word systems based on chance operations into nonsyntactic configurations and relationships. Presently the Honorary Chair of the Broward Cultural Affairs Council, she has been a facilitator for the arts in Broward County Florida for many years. She is the recipient of many awards and grants: the Louis Comfort Tiffany Grant for Sculpture, an award nomination from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, two Florida Individual Artists Fellowships, a Karl Vogelstein Grant, a Ruth Cheven Foundation Grant, a Richard A. Florsheim Art Fund Grant, a $15,000 Florida Cultural Consortium Grant, and a Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture Grant. Her works are in the current collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA; the Museum of Modern Art, New York City; the American Centers in New Dehli and Bombay, India; the Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archives of Concrete and Visual Poetry; and the Library of Congress Rare Books Collection among others.