"Trace," an exhibit of works by book artist and photographer Jill Kambs is on display in Luther College Preus Library through Oct 12.
Kambs lives and works in Iowa City where she is a candidate for the master of fine arts degree in book arts at the University of Iowa Center for the Book. She holds the master of fine arts degree in photography from the University of Iowa where she was a Wilhelm and Jane Bodine Fellow.
She is a 2007 graduate of Luther College where she studied studio art, English and education. She served as a student photographer in the Luther Photo Bureau.
Kambs' photographic work has been published in The Iowa Review and Water Stone Review. Her artist's books and prints can be seen in a growing number of library special collections.
Drawing from a background in language arts, photography and book arts, Kambs takes an interdisciplinary approach to her artwork. While the media and content of her works varies widely, it is conceptually unified through attention to detail and invisible structures.
Whether studying language, the organic world, or the greater cosmos, Kambs attempts to decode and highlight their structure as a way of bringing order to and connecting a fractured world. The practice and process of printing reflects this same goal.
"Each printed page has an invisible structure created from matrices locked into the press," states Kambs. "Assembling the press bed is a sort-of mapping that defines relationships between forms.
"Tracing these structures is also an effort to address the cultural problem of forgetting our origins. We document through print to preserve these memories before they are lost."