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Cheri Marks ~ Alabama

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Bio: "Cheri Marks is a printer, binder, and papermaker. She received an MFA from The University of Alabama with a concentration in Book Arts in 2020 and BA from Florida State University (FSU) with a Printmaking concentration in 2017. She currently lives in Tallahassee, FL, where she is working toward her MSI degree, focusing on Special Collections and archival studies, and teaches printmaking courses at Florida State University."

Artist Statement: "My work investigates the forming of relationships with archived historical material and personal development that is specific to a particular project or theme. I am interested in translating and manipulating found text to develop new meanings and perspectives that complement my imagery. My objective is to generate original content that relies on two separate ideas that become interdependent to form a new narrative."


A Case of Equilibrium
By Cheri Marks
Tallahassee, FL: Blue Section Press, 2020. Edition of 25.

5.25 x 8.5"; 14 panels including pastedowns. Double sided accordion. Letterpress Printed using photopolymer and placemats on French Paper Smart White. Boards covered in book cloth with paper title label. Signed and numbered by the artist. Laid in cloth covered clamshell box.

Cheri Marks: "A Case of Equilibrium explores the relationship between cyclical systems that occur, whether by deliberate choices, or natural forces, to sustain balance. The book investigates two particular cyclical events; the Gulf Stream ocean current and personal movement within a structural space. The two form a personal connection based on geographic location. They are built around stability and intentionality while considering constants that occur throughout cycles to maintain equilibrium.

"During my research, I formed a poetic relationship between the Gulf Stream ocean current and its directed movement with my own. The interpretation of two separate cyclical systems, operating on very different scales while still being complimentary, is my thesis project's foundation. The objective that they work together simultaneously is what I hope to translate into my work.

"While researching the Gulf Stream, I found the current correlates' intentional movement with how our bodies maintain balance through homeostasis. The ocean current has properties similar to a homeostatic system. It is a self-regulating cycle. The interaction between the two led to reflecting on how I am also a vessel, made of mostly water, that transports heat from place to place."

Colophon: "Images inspired by the Gulf Stream ocean current and floorplan of current residence. Text inspired by Walter Cannon's four core concepts that define homeostasis found in his book 'The Wisdom of the Body', and Matthew Fontaine Maury's 'The Physical Geography of the Sea'."

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