Suzanne Moore is a book artist who fuses eclectic interests in the creation of her work. Born to a family of gifted inventor-engineers, raised in post-Sputnik Middle America, with aptitudes in math and science, she was channeled into those fields at an early age. She made her way into the world of art, receiving a BFA in Printmaking and Drawing. Working with the Wales-based team, lead by Donald Jackson, Suzanne is one of three Americans who created contemporary interpretive illuminations for the Saint John's Bible, the manuscript commissioned by the Abbey at St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota, and completed in 2011. Suzanne's work is exhibited widely, and her books have been acquired for private and public collections in the U.S. and Europe. Among them are the Pierpont Morgan Library, The Library of Congress, and the rare book collections of Smith College, Wellesley College, Harvard, Yale, Bowdoin College, and the University of Washington. She teaches in the US and abroad on contemporary manuscript book design, painting and collage techniques, and developing conceptual ideas in book design.
The First Circle, 2012
Letters and letterforms as the subject of drawing, painting, printmaking, and lettering are the focus of my work. The physical, sensual, and architectural aspects of books and the musical - rhythmic, sequential, unfolding narratives of book works - are a multi-dimensional parallel to the way letterforms move on the page. Emerson's transcendental ideas are universal and timeless, especially in a world torn by divisiveness and wars. I have returned to the "Circles" essay from time to time as inspiration and as a way of delving deeper into the layers of meaning in Emerson's words. The layering of monoprint techniques, painting, and lettering coax a depth onto the 2D surfaces (paper) pages of this manuscript book.
Dimensions: 10 x 13 x .25 inches; 25.5 x 33 x .5 centimeters
Rives BFK, inks, acrylic, gouache and 24k gold leaf; bound in Cave Paper, and housed in a cloth-covered clamshell box.