Margo Klass – Journey Maps, Vol. 3, 2016-2021

FOBA 2021 Juried Exhibition

Completed 2021
Editions: 1
Dimensions closed: 9” x 6.5” x 3”
Materials: Book board, book cloth, Japanese papers, found images
Artist resides in Fairbanks, Alaska

Where I live most fully is also where I think, feel, act, create — all of it. It’s a state of mind and a home. 

M.C. Richards believed that throwing a clay pot on a wheel was a physical manifestation of one’s spiritual center. For me, that manifestation is a Journey Map, a hinged screen structure created annually to be a tangible guide for the coming year. On each screen I consciously visualize my spiritual center: where I am, what I do, what I love, and what I hope for. The screen’s collaged compositions are images made of found printed matter, collected over time, cut apart, and reassembled on hierarchical panels, front and back. In this way, I’ve created each Journey Map that visually grounds me every day. 

This annual ritual is over 25 years old. The accumulated screens are gathered in groups and housed in clamshell casements. Journey Maps Volume 3, representing 2016-2021, is submitted here. 

Margo Klass (Fairbanks, Alaska)

Margo Klass is a mixed media artist whose work includes artist books and box constructions. In both, found objects are a springboard for content, often narrative but always having meaning beyond what the objects suggest. Aesthetically she draws from her study of medieval art and travel in Japan. Her work is included in public and private collections.