Susan Rostow is a New York City based artist, and the inventor of Akua printmaking inks and accessories. She has exhibited her artwork throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. She is represented in numerous collections, including the The Allan Chasanoff Bookwork Collection at Yale University Art Gallery and the Library of Congress, National Print Archives. She was awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and served as an Artist in Residence through the New Jersey State Arts Council, Pennsylvania Arts Council, Montana State Arts Council, Alaska State Arts Council and the Oregon College of Arts and Crafts.
My sculptural books are visual diaries created to look and feel like unearthed relics. Time and nature’s cycles are themes that are often repeated in my work. I invite the viewer to touch, hold and interact with my sculptural books as all the tactile qualities are not visible at once. Surprise elements, little worlds, intimate and bold, reveal themselves in the process of turning the pages. It is my hope that the viewer becomes engaged in the sight, feel and smell of the piece, that they experience a sense of visiting a strange but familiar place. A reminder of the constant stream of change, which affects us all.
It begins with a walk in the woods, the beach or the city. Objects are collected. A series of prints are created from the found materials. The prints are bound together with the objects with a mixture of mud, glue and pigment. Paper, tree fungus, roots, soil, bones and shells merge together, growing into the sculptural book. With the addition of each object a new dialog begins, the piece evolves. The booked sculpture becomes a journal, recording a culmination of events taken place between nature and myself.