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Nelle Martin.

Altered Book:

An Angel at My Table, Janet Frame (1984)

Collagraph, reduction woodcut, stencil, and hand transfer.

Artist Statement

My decades-long curiosity about the writer Janet Frame began after watching a screening of the Jane Campion film, An Angel at My Table, an autobiography of Frame's life, when I was in college at the UW-Madison in 1990. I was struck by Frame's densely poetic cadence and was mystified why I had such a hard time reading her novels, but desperately wanted to. I learned that if I read her novels very fast, I would unleash fragments of phrases or excerpts from the pages that fed the imagery in my own artwork. 

Short Bio

Nelle Martin is a master printer and production designer at Brighton Press, where she began as an apprentice in 1987. She currently teaches printmaking, book arts, and architectural hand drafting at San Diego State University. She is currently trying to generate a fulcrum of artworks from one painting of a rock.

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