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Re: Artists' Books
- To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Subject: Re: Artists' Books
- From: Karen Molloy <Karen_Molloy.PILOT@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 8 May 1997 12:54:38 EDT
- Message-id: <199705081657.JAA21599@SUL-Server-2.Stanford.EDU>
- Sender: "The Book Arts: binding, typography, collecting" <BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
This is in response to Barbara Harman's post:
>I would love to hear from others on
>this list both their individual definition of book arts and what,
>specifically they do that they term book arts.
OK, I'll come out from lurking. I've been on this list about 8 months, but not
I am a visual artist who works in fibers (including pulp) and alternative
photography, in a variety of formats including artists' books. My education
includes a degree in fine arts and studying artist's books with Keith Smith at
Visual Studies Workshop. My books are one-of-a-kind art objects, usually part
of a body of work and therefore part of whatever that series is investigating.
My interest in making books usually has to do with what I'm expressing in a
particular series, plus the challenges inherent in a book-- sequence,
structure, and so forth. I find bookmaking a critical and wonderful experience
for my growth as an artist -- it enables me to work through some ideas very
I love the intimacy of the book form itself and the viewer's experience with it.
As others have also stated, my definition of an artist's book is a loose
one. I do consider concept, structure, design, and craftsmanship to play an
important role as with any other piece of art.