Sarah Horowitz lives at the base of the eastern Cascade Mountains in Leavenworth, Washington where she has her printmaking studio. She previously lived in Portland, Oregon where she was a member of Atelier Mars printmaking studio for fifteen years, and worked as a printmaking and drawing instructor at Portland State University for seven years. Horowitz creates prints, drawings, and produces hand printed and bound artist's books under her imprint Wiesedruck. Her work focuses on formal aesthetics and the natural world, with an emphasis on the ephemeral and memory.
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Baba Yaga, fine press book
Etchings with gouache hand-coloring.
Size 11.375 x 8” (11.375 x 16” spread)
Edition of 40
This artist’s book tells the story ‘Baba Yaga’, the Slavic folkloric witch who lives in a house on chicken legs and flies around in a mortar driven by a pestle. Sarah Horowitz is well known for her printmaking, drawing, and artist books. She uses her hand-colored etchings to lend her love of botanicals to this old European tale. Plants weave through the etchings, guiding the story with their meanings - invasive, prickly and toxic plants begin the story with discord, bright sunflowers punctuate the ending with optimism.
This retelling was based on the folktale originally recorded by Aleksandr Afanas’ev and translated by W.R.S. Ralston. Sarah Horowitz illustrated the story with hand colored etchings. The text is set in Maiola, inspired by early Czech typography and designed by Veronika Burian of TypeTogether. Graphic designer Joshua Berger (Plazm) contributed to and edited the typography and layout. Arthur Larson of Horton Tank Graphics printed the text on Zerkall paper with polymer plates made by Boxcar Press. The book was bound and boxed by Carolina Veenstra with assistance by David Myhre and Sarah Horowitz.