Susan Lowdermilk is a book artist and printmaker. She creates hand bound artist’s books involving movable parts and pop-ups with traditional print processes like woodcut. She is a Visual Arts and Graphic Design professor at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. She also teaches independent workshops in artist’s books, paper engineering and printmaking. Her artist’s books have been collected by many libraries and other public institutions and her work is represented by galleries throughout the United States. She earned her Master of Fine Art from the University of Oregon in Eugene, and her Bachelor of Fine Art from Colorado State University in Fort Collins.
Our experience of reading books is increasingly changing from being physical and tactile to digital and virtual. My artist books are hand printed and hand constructed and feature low-tech movable elements that are meant to be technologically transparent. I view my artist books as a counterpart to the flood of mass-produced, digital imagery that we contend with constantly.
As I witness the environmental disturbances caused by human caused climate change, my concern about our future increases. My recent work is informed by natural environments, and by the changes I witness in my home region. I am interested in dualities that complicate our human condition such as, our relationship to and separation from community, and from our natural world.
INTERVIEWS & LECTURES
Chibitronics, Maker Spotlights
By David Cole, Posted on March 20, 2022
Solastalgia Art Exhibition
Minnesota Center for Book Arts, 2021
“Off The Shelf,” Artist books from the collection of Susan Lowdermilk
Lane Community College, February, 2020
Print, 3 Portfolios, Portfolio Exchanges from the Collection of Susan Lowdermilk
Lane Community College Art Gallery, January, 2022