Threads and Layers brings to a wider audience this multimedia artist's diverse body of work. Illuminating essays and lavish photography reveal the connective threads that run through her impressive oeuvre of more than four decades. The monograph tells the captivating story of an artist from Alabama who went to New York City for a season and stayed 36 years. Bold and innovative, full of complexity and contradictions, her work ranges from interactive installations and atrium sculptures to paintings, drawings and artist’s books. The monograph further explores how her art-making shaped a series of studio spaces she built in which to both live and work. The book release coincides with a traveling exhibition of the same name.
“Encompassing an extraordinarily wide array of concepts and ideals, Armstrong’s work has explored microcosmic and macrocosmic phenomena, as it has embraced the rhythmic vicissitudes of change. [It] has a resounding impact for today, and vast implications for whatever tomorrow may bring.”—David Ebony, critic, author, and contributing editor, Art in America, Yale University Press online, Artnet. “Armstrong hasn’t given us an easy picture of physical or behavioral characteristics specific to her art, but has rather served a lyrical impression of the kind of rapturous disorientation one often experiences within the charged primal spaces of her compositions.”—Carlo McCormick, American culture critic, author, and curator.
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