Have you ever felt that time has stopped, and you can take in everything around you? I had that feeling at the lake during the summer. I looked down into the deep green and saw a turtle slowly glide for cover. Fish darted out from the shadow of my paddleboard. I had no place to go and nothing that I had to do. The sun warmed my face as I floated on my back and stared into the sky. Experiences such as this on the lake remind me of the wonder and hope the world holds. I tried to put those same experiences and feelings into my platform pop-up artist book “Float Repose” found in the exhibit. I hand carved the images for this book, printed them from a linoleum block, scanned them into my computer, and collaged them with photographs I took of the water in the places I paddle.
It is good to be back as a guest on the Inside the Artist’s Studio blog for Main Street Arts (read Camille’s post from Small Works 2019, too!). I am happy to share my studio with you and hope you enjoy the Small Works Exhibit. My name is Camille Riner. I’m an artist who lives and works in the Black Hills of South Dakota. I can see swaying pines, granite outcroppings, hillsides of grass, and a family of grey jays out my window. It is a quiet place to work.
I strive to create artwork that reminds me of hope, wonder, and that we are connected. I want my viewers to feel kindness and care when they pick up and open my books. Maybe they smile as they read or enter the narrative. There may even be a recollection of their own they remember with fondness.
My second book in the exhibit is “Saint Lucia.” The Feast of Saint Lucia is on December 13th. Lucia, the bearer of light, brings hope and light to the cold darkness of winter. Saint Lucia wears a crown of greenery topped with flickering candles. I experimented with a petal book structure to create pop-up candles from the side of the pages to illustrate Saint Lucia’s crown. The hand-carved images in the book are of eucalyptus, live oak, rosemary, and orange tree leaves. I scanned the finished prints and hand painted and collaged them with photographs for the final book.
I received my undergraduate degree at the University of South Dakota in printmaking and graduated with a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Wisconsin in Madison in graphics. I taught design and printmaking at Southwestern Michigan College until we grew homesick, and my husband and I returned to South Dakota and started our own business. My husband is a photographer/author and I am a designer in our publishing business. We work collaboratively and individually on different projects. One of my favorite projects is sharing my love of making artist books through my DIY youTube tutorials and patterns in my Etsy shop.
Small Works 2021 includes 215 works of art by 136 artists from 28 state and runs through Thursday, December 23, 2021.