About the Artist
Jody Williams received a BA in studio arts from Carleton College (cum laude 1978) and an MFA in printmaking from Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York . She teaches courses in artists' books and printmaking at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts.
Since 1989 Jody has been publishing artist's books under the name Flying Paper Press in her Minneapolis studio. Workshops, lectures, and exhibitions have taken her around the country and across Europe . Her books, prints and paper works have been featured in almost 200 exhibits, and are in numerous private and public collections, including the Walker Art Center and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
"Through my prints over the past 10 years, I have developed a visual vocabulary of color, shape, structure, movement, and space; in making books and boxes, I use this imagery to address physical space, structure, and text. Form and content are inseparable, and each element is considered in relation to the whole. My work addresses specific, universal themes, providing insight and humor in a search for the elusive meaning of life.
"In 2000, I completed a series of three boxes entitled "The Small Files" which incorporate tiny artifacts in drawers, with accompanying folios documenting the objects in each drawer. Collecting these things together, organizing, and arranging them into the drawers was very gratifying and informative. I realized not only the power these tiny things hold, but also some insights into why I am most comfortable and interested in working on a small scale. My obsession with tiny things is something that has been with me for a long time, and in some ways my work has always been leading me back to that early fascination with the power of the diminutive."