Barbara Beisinghoff came to WSW from Darmstadt, Germany to produce an artist’ book The Angel is My Watermark, inspired by Henry Miller’s novel of the same title. Beisinghoff has been influenced by Miller’s story since she began her work with watermarking in 1996. To paraphrase Miller: “I could scrub out the mythology of the horse’s mane; I could scrub the yellow out of the Yangtze Kiang. But the angel I cannot scrub out., the angel is my watermark.”
In fall 2016, Barbara was the artist-in-residence at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY for one month. She collaborated with Vassar students and faculty from German Studies, Media Studies, Art History and Biology. The students worked on artists’ books projects, learned to pull shaped paper, and visited the WSW studios.