Current Digswell Fellow, Jane Glynn, Print group member Mary Down and Alumni and Trustee Jo Howe have all been selected to show at Turn the page 2014 in Norwich.
Turn the page artist book fair is a UK and international exhibiting and selling platform for artists who are creating work that is inspired by the structural and conceptual properties of the book form. The event is held over 2 days at The Forum, Norwich, Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd May 2014, and is fast establishing its place among the top UK Book Art events. Sculptural books, Altered Books, Limited Editions and more. With workshops, readings, poetry and music. Take a look at their programme of events.
“Making these ‘one off’ books is part of a multidisciplinary art practice. The books allow the viewer/reader a more intimate and interactive experience and allow me to play with sequence and narrative and more fully to realise concerns with chronology, poetry, history and memory.”
Jane’s work includes sculptural and pictorial calendars made from similar elements created over set periods of time, in this instance a year of handmade books displayed in a borrowed antique museum cabinet (From the Garden Cities Collection, Letchworth Garden City) . Each book represents one day; sometimes several books were made on the same day, leading to an exploration of groups; each book exists as a separate element, as part of a number of groups and as part of the cabinet of books. The books also form a small part of a growing trace of a personal experience of time passing.
Reading is an act of co-authorship. When you pick up a book and read it, what you bring to that process is your own personal history. This is the filter through which we perceive language and by which we forge connections.
The use of the book as sculptural object playfully reworks its formal components allowing the ‘reader’ to experience something altogether new. The original narrative obstructed in order to afford the reader minimal linguistic stimulus. In essence this simplifies, clarifies and quietens interaction so that the reader’s response can be heard.
Jo explores a frustration in communication, seeking to expose the difficulty of speaking without being heard, to listen either actively or ineffectively. These books and their pages become a tangible expression of those sentences suppressed or left unsaid.