|The Art of the Book
Sixth Annual Exhibition of Handmade Books,
Altered Books and Book Related Works
The underpinning of Kain's art is based on her consummate skill as a master printer of graphics and her preternatural energy that she applies to all aspects of her life, from creating art to dancing and inline roller skating. These two qualities come together and allow her great freedom, in a constant outpouring of art, to layer and mix drawing, collage and printmaking together in sophisticated surfaces that would not be possible for an artist of lesser skill and experience. In her most characteristic works, Kain creates delicate background veils of diffused color on which she boldly disperses her signature imagery that are personal symbolic aspects of self -- flowers, fruits, boldly graphic vintage product labels and delicate transfer illustrations.
-Robert Flynn Johnson
accordion book with xerox transfer images of women from Kain's collection of found images on asian paper with half of each page gilded in pink silver leaf.
10" x 7" closed, width open variable to 94"
Silver Virgin Accordions
The Silver Virgins accordion books began as a project for a Women beyond Borders exhibit. Given a wooden box to transform, I chose to make a tiny silver leaf book filled with images of women, tucked in a silver treasure-chest. The pages each feature an image of a woman from my collection of found images. Silver Is an element representing the feminine principle, the moon and domestic objects associated with marriage and wealth; it is inherently feminine. This book is a celebration of female images and icons arranged so silver images alternate with color pictures. This alternation reinforces the good girl/bad girl idea while mixing up the stereotypes. The pairs beg the question: who is a virgin, who is a whore, who is a saint, who is a sinner, who is tarnished and who is sterling. These pairings playfully raise questions about the pedestal we put the exalted woman upon contrasted with her evil sister who is cast down. Included are portraits from my family: my mom, myself, my grandmother and my godmother appear amid the collected images. The dichotomy shifts as the viewer sees the many images juxtaposed, alternating through the accordion.
Iʼve made five of the tiny books with three in their own silver chest. Expanding on these, I created several larger books elaborating on this theme. Entitled Virgins, Silver Virgins, Virgins and Fast Women and Tarnished in a variety of sizes, all in accordion formats.