Cheri Marks – A Case of Equilibrium

FOBA 2021 Juried Exhibition

Completed 2020
Editions: 25
Dimensions closed: 5.25” x 8.5” x .5”
Materials: paper, ink, placemats, photopolymer
Artist resides in Tallahassee, Florida

A Case of Equilibrium explores the relationship between cyclical systems that occur, whether by deliberate choices or natural forces, to sustain balance. The book investigates two particular cyclical events: the Gulf Stream ocean current and personal movement within a structural space. The two form a personal connection based on geographic location. They are built around stability and intentionality while considering constants that occur throughout cycles to maintain equilibrium. 

While researching the Gulf Stream, I found the current correlates intentional movement with how our bodies maintain balance through homeostasis. The ocean current has properties similar to a homeostatic system. It is a self-regulating cycle. The interaction between the two is what led to reflecting on how I am also a vessel, mostly made of water, that transports heat from place to place. 

Cheri Marks  (Tallahassee, Florida)

Cheri Marks is a printer, binder, and papermaker. She is currently working towards her MSI degree with a concentration in Special Collections at Florida State University. Cheri holds an MFA in Book Arts from The University of Alabama and a BA from Florida State University in Printmaking. She lives in Tallahassee, FL, and is a professor for printmaking and structural book courses at Florida State University.