June 20 - July 26, 2014
Athenaeum Music & Arts Library
1008 Wall St., La Jolla, 92037
The Athenaeum is proud to present the artwork of Artist-in-Residence SIBYL RUBOTTOM in the Clayes Gallery. Recent artist’s books, collages and prints will be on view. “Then Some” includes iPad drawings and a Books Arts Shrine.
Twenty-four years ago my first show at the Athenaeum was entitled “1x1 and then some.” This show, “REDUX,” revisits recurring themes to indicate a return to and revival of archetypal imagery, such as astronomy, botanicals, physics, textiles, typography, water, and of course, elephants.
In this show are recent artist’s books, including “The Water Book: Cenotes,” depicting forays in the underground grottoes of the Yucatan; “The Second Quarter,” four poems by Otis Rubottom, prints from the “Dream Sequence,”
a series using layering in intaglio prints around themes of entry into and emergence from the dream state,and collages, including “The High Himalayan Range,” a series of adapted maps from the Mt. Everest region.
“Then Some” points to other objects, like iPad drawings and a Book Arts Shrine, in the tradition of "cabinets of curiosity." I wanted a ‘cabinet’ to carry sample book structures to my workshops. This shrine has evolved from practical origins into a repository and reliquary of books and objects that I cherish, to form a traveling workspace I can bring from village to village, as the Tibetans do with prayer altars when on pilgrimages through the high Himalayas.