The book combines color plates of all 72 works in the series Fulgurite with 40 pages of excerpts from the artist's notebooks giving insight in the climate of mind that gave rise to the Fulgurite cycle. The unifying theme of the series is the attempt to chart the trajectory of the imagination in the changing guise of the pencil, the artist's tool par excellence. Extreme states of mind are captured in the media of cast wax, lithography and drawing on Formica.
“When lightning strikes sand, ... the searing heat continues into the sand, leaving its imprint in the shape of a hollow, jagged tube of molten glass named “Fulgurite,” which in my mind has always been connected with the artist's legacy, with capturing the flash of the imagination in the shape of resistant matter.” From the Preface.
A native of Antwerp, Belgium, Spahr moved to California in 1977. While enrolled at UC Berkeley as a student in Comparative Literature, Spahr turned to printmaking due to a chance discovery of a lithographic press and stones at the ASUC Studio on campus. Her work combines a traditional approach to drawing with a radical interpretation of the lithographic medium. Her print work is included in "The Best of Printmaking.An International Collection." “Technical finesse, an open attitude to the creative process, and deeply personal subject matter are typical of the works of Herlinde Spahr.” David Acton in "60 Years of North American Printmaking" For information about her first book, "Open Studio. Work from 1979 to 1997" go to herlindespahr.com