TRANSIT and Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, are thrilled to announce the selection of our first artist in residence, for Spring 2014, Heather Buechler.
“An interdisciplinary artist, I create prints, drawings, and sculptural objects that explore a rural agricultural Midwest in flux. My work examines the history of agriculture and industry, and its relationship to current ecological and social concerns of rural Midwestern America. I encourage my audience to reconsider the rural; its history & its future.”
A snippet from Heather’s proposal: “Over the course of the last few months, I have been researching the history of manufacturing and printing textile and paper sacks used for packaging and shipping agricultural goods in the late 19th and early 20th century. Wood type, cuts and engravings were key players during the early part of this manufacturing history. The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, as one of the largest manufacturers of wood type during this time, is seated uniquely within the historic scope of this research…. For my residency I am interested in working with museum staff to locate these items of interest, and begin curate them into a research catalogue. Details about the cut itself would be logged in a ledger, digitally photographed, and archived. In addition to the digital documentation, and perhaps more importantly, I would request permission to print any and all printable items I encounter, so as to create an agricultural specimen book that is unique to the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum.”