Artist Statement

I am a book and fiber artist who combines textiles and found objects with discarded books, and gives them new life as scrolls, wall pieces, books, sculptural objects and installations. My current work is inspired by the art of repair, mending techniques, and reuse.

Shown here are pieces from my KEEP: Modern Library series and my Bibliomuse subseries. They are projects inspired by withdrawn library books, Japanese textiles, the art of mending, and a KEEP stamp that was discarded from a library.

Most of the color you see in these pieces are book-cloth that once covered library books. The imagery is appropriated from select volumes and printed using stencil, block-printing and transferring techniques.

The KEEP: Modern Library and Bibliomuse pieces honor lives well spent. These books have been discarded because they are damaged, considered obsolete, out of date, unused, incorrect, or are simply exhausted from excessive use and need to be replaced.

I chose my book muses for very subjective reasons: usually a cover design or illustration that has caught my fancy. The bookskins are chosen for their breadth and depth of color, for the coffee rings left on them, and the ombre fading effect created from being moved around the shelves over the years.

Largely inspired by the art of repair and reuse, these pieces reference textiles from various cultures that incorporate these techniques including Japanese Boro textiles, Kantha, and the quilts of Gee’s Bend.

The imagery from the discarded library books are abstracted and float in and out of the pieced textiles like apparitions.

The KEEP: Modern Library series and the Bibliomuse subseries are ongoing explorations about what we keep and the different way we keep things, thoughts, and emotions.

 

Location

Santa Cruz, Ca

Email
wishiwashistudio@gmail.com
Website
http://jodyalexander.com/