In September we are happy to host visual artists Bonnie Loukus and Daniel Schneider from Michigan, US. They are staying in Tartu for a 3-month residency.
Daniel is an industrial archaeologist, letterpress printer, and book artist. His archaeological research focuses on mechanised work environments in manufacturing and extractive industries, particularly wood printing type manufacture in the United States and native copper mining in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. His book arts work pursues themes derived from his archaeological
practice, including industry’s transformation of landscape and creativity within mechanical constraint.
Bonnie is an interdisciplinary artist focusing on letterpress printing, book arts, drawing, and oil painting. She received a BA interdisciplinary degree from Finlandia University, where she studied the connection of arts and science. Her work depicts the natural world and human impact on it, focusing on the lives of animals and plants. She has worked as Assistant Director for the Copper Country Community Arts Center,
a non-profit arts organisation, for sixteen years.
Bonnie and Daniel’s primary project in Tartu will be to document type in the Estonian Print & Paper Museum’s collection by printing and binding a specimen book of the types. In the course of this work they will analyse the type pieces as artifacts and
record information about the methods employed to manufacture them. Also, they will use type from the collection to print pieces reflecting on their experience of the city of Tartu.