Fugitive Color
An Exhibition by Tatiana Ryckman

on view April 21 – June 3, 2023/ Studio Gallery

For the last year, resident artist Tatiana Ryckman has been foraging for natural pigments – in the wild, in the garden, and in the compost. After creating a dye bath, pigment can be precipitated from the water through a chemical process. It’s then washed, dried, and used to create watercolors, oil paints and printing inks.

For her residency with Book Arts, Ryckman has brought inks, dyes, and laked pigments out of their host flora and onto paper. The varied results of this experimentation are artifacts of process and material exploration, an experiment that continues as each work changes in relation to time and new environments. With few exceptions, natural pigments will not last forever. The name for this volatility in the face of light, humidity, and other environmental factors is fugitive.

The opening reception will be held Friday April 21st, 2023 from 5-8p.m.

The Book Arts Studio Residency invites emerging artists to experiment with various printmaking processes in our community studio for a two month period, culminating in an exhibition of their artworks.  Find out more about the residency program.

Black and white image depicting monsters woodcut hand print on Rives paper by Sudi Wang

Join us for a workshop in ink making led by artist Tatiana Ryckman!
Wednesday, May 24th 6-8pm


Tatiana Ryckman’s pockets are a laundry day’s nightmare – seeds, rocks, bits of plants. This detritus is the first step in creating inks, extracted pigments, and sometimes snacks. Tatiana’s work is playfully misanthropic, using plant-based materials as a soothing reminder that our time here is brief. In addition to her visual work, Tatiana has been a writer in residence at Yaddo and is the author of the novel The Ancestry of Objects and a novella, I Don’t Think of You, Until I Do. She can be found in Buffalo, NY and at tatianaryckman.com.

Book Arts is supported by: National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, Children’s Foundation of Erie County, the County of Erie, M&T Bank Foundation, Western New York Foundation, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, the Cameron and Jane Baird Foundation, the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation, Humanities NY