By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2012. One-of-a-Kind.
2.375 x 2.5 x 2.75"; 5 panels. Miniature constructed in a house-shaped form with accordion structure. Materials: foamcore, paper, beads, acetate. Digital printing. Signed and dated on bottom.
Maryann Riker: "An accordion style sculptural book that is small in size to represent the small worlds that Emily Dickinson created through her thoughts and writings later in her life. Emily Dickinson's life was focused on her home and family and as she aged, it is believed she developed agoraphobia. She never left her room and rarely went out to tend her garden or talk to neighbors. It was during this period, that many of her writings centered on the spiritual and universal. She created spiritual journeys and dream universes to travel through her poetry and letters. These small works are tributes to these small worlds that she created in this life period."