IS Projects is pleased to announce two new Existent Books publications, ‘Convergence’ by Michelle A. M. Miller and ‘Antillean Lacunae: points of departure’ by Onajide Shabaka, launching October 14th and available for pre-order now. Each project is the result of a two-week artist residency, supported by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and completed at IS Projects.
Existent Books is a semi-annual publishing initiative which brings artists to IS Projects to experience fine art printmaking and letterpress printing. These artists then design an artist-book that is inspired by the studio’s collection of historical letterpress type and image cuts or new printmaking techniques learned at IS Projects. The goal of Existent Books is to encourage contemporary artists to contribute to the ongoing history of book arts while stimulating the evolution of the medium.
Michelle A M Miller is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in West Palm Beach, FL exploring a language of visual abstraction where perception and imagination coalesce with mindful art production. Through personal biography, science, history, myth, and fiction she examines what she perceives are the essential forms and radiant energies of our cosmic, entangled existence. Recent solo exhibitions include Resource Depot, West Palm Beach and IS Projects, Ft Lauderdale. She has been awarded artist residencies at Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach and IS Projects, Ft Lauderdale. Miller earned her BFA in painting from Florida Atlantic University and her BA in art history from Georgetown University.
Onajide Shabaka, is an interdisciplinary cultural practitioner, and currently lives and works in Miami, Florida. Shabaka’s practice is connected through historical and biographical themes related to ethnobotany and geography that include African diaspora and Native American cultures. Onajide Shabaka has been artist in residence at Suriname Botanical Research Residency, DVCAI, Paramaribo, Suriname; AIRIE Everglades Artist Residency, Everglades National Park, FL; Project Row Houses, Visiting Artist, Houston, TX; DVCAI Artist Residency, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; selected participant in international cultural exchanges in, Suriname, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, and awarded grants & fellowships including, Creative Investment Grant, Broward County, FL; New Forms Florida, Individual Artist Grant; Individual Artist Fellowship, Florida Department of Cultural Affairs; Florida Humanities Council; Locust Projects Wavemaker Grant; and ArtCenter South Florida Ellies Grant. Shabaka was awarded an MFA from Vermont College of the Fine Arts.