Growing up in the Mississippi Delta instilled in me a deep respect for the land and the people that shape this unique part of the country. Attempting to capture that elusive sense of place and my relationship to it has been a consistent source of inspiration. The expansive, flat landscape of the Delta drives my investigation of how place affects what we make and why.
That endless horizon line on the flat plane of the Delta is so much a part of why I am interested in the space between things; where one thing becomes another. The place where things shift along a line, the negative space between elements on a page, the pairing of shapes. For me, these are all a way to experience expansiveness, tension and balance.
I also observe, collect, index and print objects and artifacts in an attempt to connect things to their history and place of discovery through research and documentation. Utilizing diverse media and techniques while remaining strongly rooted in the traditional crafts of letterpress printing, printmaking, and artists books allows for slow and reflective work.
Eileen is a letterpress printer and bookbinder. She is a Senior Lecturer in Printmaking and Book Arts at the University of Georgia and a former resident artist at Penland School of Craft. She has taught workshops at Penland, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and at other venues across the country. Eileen is a co-director emeritus of the Paper & Book Intensive (PBI) and has been a board member of Hand Papermaking Magazine. She curated the book Masters: Book Arts published by Lark Books in 2011.