September 08, 2011

Casella Gallery Transformed into a BookEnviron by Artists Meda and Veda Rives


BookEnviron: Wentworth – Artists’ Books as Shelter, Escape, Epiphany; Shaping Our Space, Our Thoughts, and Our Aspirations

September 12, 2011 @ 5:00 p.m. (Exhibit Opening)
September 13-23, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Wentworth Institute of Technology
Casella Gallery, Annex Central Building
550 Parker Street, Boston, MA 02120

Artists Meda and Veda Rives have reshaped the space of the Casella Gallery by creating a BookEnviron, an  interactive installation of huge, floating book pages that are designed to walk through and around in an attempt at total immersion for the viewer. The pages are made of sustainable fiber from the abaca plant. Misleadingly delicate in appearance, they are strong, versatile, and translucent, and they invite visitors into a space that is aesthetic, spiritual, and ecological, evoking the rhythms of nature.

The event is sponsored by the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences within the College of Arts and Sciences. For more information, contact Associate Professor Elaine Slater at 617-989-4375 or

About the Artists:
Meda R. Rives and Veda M. Rives are artists and identical twin sisters. Working both independently and collaboratively, they have founded Mirror Image Press as their studio for printmaking, handmade paper, artists’ books, and BookEnvirons. They have re-imagined space and scale nationally and internationally and their work is held in major collections in Japan, South Korea, China, and the United States.

Recent career highlights include receiving the Best of Show award at Liturgical and Sacred Art 2010 in Springfield, Illinois, and Honorable Mention at Amateras Annual Paper Art Exhibition 2010, Sofia, Bulgaria.

Meda R. Rives is an art faculty member at Eureka College in Eureka, Illinois, and Heartland Community College in Normal, Illinois. Ms. Rives teaches an array of studio and history courses, and she serves as consultant on special projects at Normal Editions Workshop at Illinois State University.

Veda M. Rives is associate director of Normal Editions Workshop (NEW) in the School of Art at Illinois State University, in Normal, Illinois, contributing to all aspects of the projects in this print research and publishing facility. In addition to collaborating with visiting artists and supervising student interns at NEW, she represents the Workshop by giving presentations in conjunction with traveling exhibitions from the NEW archives, and occasionally teaches a class in the printmaking area.

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