contexture: hidden meanings

 |  April 15, 2009

Much to my relief, my package arrived at Jen Worden’s doorstep this week after being in transit for over 2 weeks!! I was so worried that our collaboration was about to come to a screeching halt due to the package disappearing somewhere in its transit to Canada.

Thankfully, my page made it to her and now I can share my spread that I created in Seth Apter’s book, Contexture in our previous exchange.

To recap:
My book: “Book of Trees”, a book made of plaster pages
Seth’s book: “Contexture”, altered book
Jen’s book: “Shine”, metal pages which will become a prayer flag

my spread in Seth’s book

My spread was the first one to go into Seth’s beautiful book. I approached this spread with wanting to just play and explore. His pages are already a beautiful base to start with as they are pages of an old book that attached with eyelets. At first I thought I would do a page full of textures and layers…but then as I worked, I went the other way and toned the texture down. I wanted to keep it clean and simple. The “layers” instead became metaphorical. Layers of personal meaning.


While I worked on this I decided to create a large painting based on this composition. It measures 36x 18 inches. Quite a leap in scale! I am still working on it and it has transformed tremendously. It no longer looks like this spread. I am curious to see how it turns out.


  1. by LostLuggage on April 15, 2009  3:12 pm Reply

    You guys are the 'dream collaborators'...these are the most fantastic books I have ever seen!

  2. by Genie on April 15, 2009  4:02 pm Reply

    WOnderful work Bridgette

  3. by Meri Arnett-Kremian on April 15, 2009  7:08 pm Reply

    I love the mystery of layers. So much like people -- the surface is only the beginning. Can't wait to see the finished large piece inspired by the one pictured here.

  4. by Leslie Avon Miller on April 15, 2009  7:51 pm Reply

    I really enjoy the contrast here. Dark and light, form and not-form, strength and softness. Mystery of partially obscured letters and numbers. I love the beauty of this piece. Acrylics? Water colors?

  5. by Jeane on April 15, 2009  10:18 pm Reply

    Bridgette - this is very exciting work! it feels personal and intimate and a bit edgy! I really like it!

  6. by bridgette on April 16, 2009  10:45 am Reply

    Thanks you all for your lovely comments! The words left for me help me further understand my work at times. :)

    Leslie- I mainly used acrylics and also india ink.

  7. by Angela Wales Rockett on April 16, 2009  11:36 am Reply

    As I commented on your flickr, I really love the energy of your mark-making here. I love the whole piece and really look forward to seeing the larger painting!

    Isn't it funny how the beginnings of paintings and the completed paintings are often such different things! Sometimes it drives me crazy, but that's usually when I've forgotten to enjoy the process.

  8. by Judy Wise on April 16, 2009  2:12 pm Reply

    Brilliant. I don't know how you do it, Bridgette, but your work hits the mark every time. My trusty inner compass says, "YES".

  9. by HeartFire on April 16, 2009  4:32 pm Reply

    I love the simplicity of the piece and the color tones... however, it does draw you in and make you want to see under the layers...

  10. by JoyfulArt on April 17, 2009  1:39 pm Reply

    Once again I have to say, brilliant. Is there a way to see more of the book?

  11. by Patrice on April 19, 2009  7:31 pm Reply

    With my love of black birds, this speaks to me. It's just fabulous.

    Can't wait to see the large painting!

  12. by rivergardenstudio on April 21, 2009  1:52 pm Reply

    Your pages in Seth's book are mysterious and raw. I love them. Roxanne

  13. by JonesMoore on April 23, 2009  12:54 pm Reply

    This is SO this approach!

  14. by wen Redmond on April 29, 2009  5:44 pm Reply

    I love this piece and it's suggestive of deeper meanings. I want to touch it!

  15. by Seth on June 27, 2009  12:27 am Reply

    Never did tell you in a comment on this post how much I loved this spread!! Thanks.

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