Edyth Skinner

After completing a MFA in Fine Art at Rutgers University, now Mason Gross College of the Arts, I found a teaching position at a community college in New Jersey. Over the years, I taught Printmaking, Design and Photography. I was awarded the rank of full professor and during my tenure there, served 10 years as Chairperson of the Art Department and built AAS degree programs in Photography and Graphic Design.

I continued to make and exhibit art, mostly serigraphs in the beginning, and then large photographs executed with alternative photographic processes: salted print, cyanotype and synthetic gum. I was influenced during my formal education and afterward by the work of John Cage, Cy Twombly, Ed Ruscha and Robert Indian.

My earlier work was exhibited on the wall, as print suites around specific themes, usually bending commonly understood metaphors with images.

I began to concentrate on the Book Form when it became possible to learn those structures. It was a perfect fit. This work was recognized by the New Jersey Council on the Arts Fellowship with an award in 1993.

I am now making relative simple book structures, the emphasis the content over form. I am most interested in the relationship of the image and the word.

My last juried show, in Summer 2015 at the Center of Book Arts in New York City, explored the relationship of visual image and verbal metaphor. I would like to continue working with that concept.

I do believe that work comes from work. And as a printmaker/photographer/bookmaker, that requires a place to work.

Artist Statement
I am a printmaker and a photographer. Some years ago when I discovered artist books, I was challenged to learn book structure and form. My travels have provided me opportunities to make many images, and my growing interest in the combination of digital platemaking and the traditional craft of letter press printing is an open-­‐ended learning and making experience.

My books are now simple structures and combine image and word. Mostly the words are mine, although sometimes I use a folk tale form the oral tradition.

I think that the book form is a perfect container for ideas and image. It is portable, hard to discard and can produced in multiple copies.

My last exhibit, for example, was in a juried show at the Center of Book Arts in New York. CBAis one of three major venues for book arts in this country. My work, Metaphors “focuses on the transformation of the the letterform or text into new symbols or meaning”. (quote from the show booklet