Horsemen of the 21st Century

Horsemen of the 21st Century

    Artist Statement

    Four of my drawings came together as uncomfortable reminders of apocalyptical warnings. Which reminded me of an experience I had one night during a camping trip.

    We are tented on frosted ground near the edge of a night forest.
    A pounding of hooves rushes close by.
    Deer? we ask.
    Let’s hope it is not those four horsemen late for a logistics meeting.

    This book was chosen for the curators' choice award in the Puget Sound Book Artists Eighth Annual Members' Exhibition. Here is a copy of their statement.

    Our team was initially drawn to this work by its beautiful, spontaneous lines, its dreamlike imagery of horses and human figures, and its mysterious, humorous little text/poem:

    "We are tented on frosted ground near the edge of a night forest. A pounding of hooves rushes close by. Deer? We ask. Let's hope it is not those four horsemen late for a logistics meeting."

    We were charmed hearing how Jan goes about making her drawings. I draw the figures directly into the computer and usually composite them with my digital photographs". She works with photoshop, altering and adding to the images.

    Thus we see that what looks like a very direct pencil-to-paper rendering is, in fact, done on a computer. Jan has said in an interview, "I enjoy combining the newest technologies with the old and with the mark of the human hand."

    We thought that the piece captured a feeling of human vulnerability that probably haunts us all. It is natural that when we are surprised by the unknown and the uncontrollable -- our minds go wild. Enclosed in a tent in the mountains on a cold dark night a person has flimsy protections; hearing the thunder of hooves outside we hope for the best -- that it is just a herd of deer -- but we almost always imagine the scariest possibility immediately; it is the 4 horsemen of the apocalypse coming to figure out how to destroy us.

    Yet, according to the text, we can have a sense of humor about our plight. One of our curators said that she was amused by the idea that, not only is the apocalypse something that would require logistics meetings, but that Pestilence, War, Famine, and Death might end up running late to this meeting. Jan has truly explored and pushed the limits of the form of the book, and we very much admire her craftsmanship. We are delighted to have seen and talked about and learned from her work

    Colophon

    edition of 15

    Ultra chrome pigments printed on Canson Infinity Rag Photographique, backed with Rives BFK and joined with Tyvek

    Accordion fold construction with nylon tent material for a cover