Book Arts & Writing: Rebecca Goodale & Judson Merrill

July 10 – 16

Creative Vantages – This workshop will explore the borderlands between art and writing, uncovering lessons useful to artists, writers, and those whose work combines the two. We will focus specifically on the physical and conceptual structures of art and writing. We will consider how the structures of these two media inform, complement, and borrow from each other, as well as the way that they shape the experience of both creator and audience. Participants will create and share a group of artist’s books and writings, experimenting with a number of techniques, exploring different forms, and testing the ways that structure changes meaning and the very act of communication. Over the course of the week we will explore, among other topics, the way sequence creates surprise or complexity; how different media tell non-narrative stories; the materiality of creative writing, obscured by both print and screen; and the way a work’s shape asks audiences to move and interact in specific, physical ways. All levels are welcome.

For the past twenty years Rebecca Goodale has been creating a series of artist’s books about Maine’s rare plants and animals. Recently she has been revisiting her training as a textile designer by employing that aesthetic and various printmaking techniques to create large scale repeatable patterns. Rebecca has taught Book Arts and Design at the University of Southern Maine for 4 decades. Her work is in many collections including the Maine Women Writers Collection at UNE, Bowdoin College Library, Herron Art Library at IUPUI, Boston Athenaeum, Yale University, Harvard University, the Library of Congress, and the Portland Museum of Art. rebeccagoodale.com

Judson Merrill grew up in Maine, studied literature and writing at Brown University, and received his MFA from Brooklyn College, where he also taught writing for several years. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Iowa ReviewChicago ReviewThe Massachusetts ReviewThe Southampton ReviewUnstuckMcSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and other publications. He has been an Artist in Residence at Millay Colony, Ox-Bow, Lighthouse Works, Guild Hall, and Hewnoaks. He now teaches at the University of Southern Maine and for the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance. judsonmerrill.com