Houses of Stars and Dreams
By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2013. Edition of 5.
5 x 10 x .5" closed, 9 x 10.25 x 4.5" open. Digital images. Materials: paper, plastic jewels, star stickers. Bound in blue paper wraps. In matching blue band wrapper. Poem and explanatory text digitally printed on slips of paper, which are glued to internal pages. Title and colophon paper labels on band. Signed and numbered by the artist.
Maryann Riker: "This popup book based on a structure by Paul Johnson incorporates images of vintage celestial maps that create small houses balanced on top of each other. Their roofs remind one of flying buttresses that cupids and angels flit about checking out the stars and heavens. Out of the flat surfaces of the skies arise these teetering shelters. This popup incorporates the poetry of Emily Dickinson who created her small worlds of heavens and journeys through her words and letters. Ms. Dickinson cut herself off from her real world and enclosed herself in the made-up worlds of her poetry. She created spiritual havens and landscapes to roam and journey through. Enjoy this 3-dimensional view of a piece inspired by her words."