Of course, book sculpture, book arts, artist books or altered books have been around for a considerable time. I am inspired by many artists and having just been asked by a good friend to recommend some creative book viewing pleasure, I thought it would be good to share to a broader audience… so here are some of those artists that particularly delight me in this field sometimes with their concept, sometimes their amazing skill and craft and of course many with all those ingredients rolled into one!
Ok, so I’ve been busy working with some amazing staff and pupils at a local special educational needs school exploring our ‘sense of self’? Really has been quite a journey which will culminate in a group show of pupils, staff and about 14 professional artists entitled ‘A sense of self’. I’m really looking forward to the show, a celebration of creative expression and diversity.
So here is a new work that I am submitting. It really has been interesting… when all my work essentially stems from personal experiences to focusing on oneself specifically, the dynamics of my practice shifted.
Ok, so this is very old news, but still worth talking about. I really enjoy this artist’s work, but also most intrigued by the motives behind leaving work anonymously… Either way, unique and delicious gifts celebrating all things ‘book’ or a ingenious marketing campaign ( when the artist is revealed, everyone is already talking about the work and the creator)… giving me ideas around how to break the cloak of an artists invisibility.
Ah, as is so often the case, balancing the workload between educational practice and studio development is a difficult thing. The practicalities are that I can diarise the day or indeed days in the week when I can focus on my practice, develop the work and produce hopefully an outcome that fits what I am trying to communicate. Needless to say, what sometimes happens on these days, is that I find myself devoid of any creative thought/passion/drive.
Alas… I cannot afford to put aside a day/days in the week for general mooching (though in hindsight… there could be benefits to this process, no matter how frustrating)!
So, I am developing a way forward, knowing that what has unlocked me many a time before is automatic mark making or writing. I am now utilizing this approach but with a scalpel in hand and a book under my fingers.