On the cover

On the Cover

Artist's statement:

Elizabeth Dove is a printmaker, photographer and associate professor in the Department of Art at the University of Montana in Missoula. She also has taught numerous workshops, including the PEARS summer workshop at North Dakota State University in 2003. PEARS is Printmaking Education and Research Studio, a program of the Department of Visual Arts at NDSU. Participants create and exchange a folio of prints produced during the workshop, and pieces also go to the Memorial Union Gallery, which collaborates on the workshop.

This piece, "Between", is a photo-etching with chine colle (a French term used in printmaking to refer to a collage technique) utilizing letters cut from a dictionary. This dictionary text dust, mixed with dirt, provides the nutrients and fertile soil for growth towards an open and optimistic blue sky. Twine stretched across the horizon line emphasizes the place of human endeavour, the place in between. The knot suggests the tension and difficulty of life, but also the strength and necessity of connections and bonds with others.