The Accordion Book Series grew out of my daily sketch work involving themes of ballet and opera productions.

After seeing a ballet or opera, I would go into my studio armed with my notes on the costume and set designs. I would then begin to explore materials and styles within the format of the accordion book: their small and folding architecture provides just the right form to swiftly capture an idea and impression.  I would then dye, bleach, ink, paint or stain a variety of papers, cheese cloth, coffee sticks, ticket stubs and program covers.  Having layered these materials, I would work them back into the collage creating an impasto-like texture.  Due to my interest in storytelling, words are often included in my artwork and assist in adding another layer of meaning to the narrative.

The works in the Accordion Book Series capture spontaneous expressions of ballet and opera images.

Accordion Books
Sheila McInerney  Accordion Books mixed media
Ring Cycle Book
2000
mixed media
Sheila McInerney  Accordion Books
Ring Cycle Book (closeup detail)
From left to right: Freia, Fricka, Loge,
Sheila McInerney  Accordion Books mixed media
Ring Cycle Book (closeup detail)
From Left to Right: The Gibichungs, Siegfreid and Gutrune, The Plot Against Brunnhilde
mixed media
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