The relatively new art form – The Altered Book – totally intrigues me. It arises directly from my love of books and story, and my despair in seeing so many books discarded. I am driven to create ways to allow a visual image to rise from the damaged pages.
Altered Books inspired by classics
Altered Books Inspired by Children's books
"Trip trap trip trap over the rickerty rackerty wooden bridge."
This piece was inspired by a small 3"x3" pop-up book. I used two elements from the damaged pop-up pages to recreate the central theme of the story on this larger canvas. The fun was trying to copy and blend with the style of the original art - very different from my usual style of painting.
Size: 16”w x 15”h x 121/2”d
Price: Not For Sale
Hana’s suitcase was my Book Art entry for “Displaced” – an International Book Art competition held by the Weiner Holocaust Library in London England. April 2014.
It was chosen as one of 50 pieces in a presentation by the library, and shown in a slide show to accompany the winner’s exhibit.
The suitcase is all that remains from the short life of Hana Brody, a child sent to Auschwitz in 1944, the year I was born.
Hana was crammed into a cattle boxcar with many other children for 4 days and nights. They were allowed one small suitcase each. They had no food, water or toilet facilities. Upon arrival at Auschwitz the children were ordered to leave their suitcases on the platforms and were marched straight to the gas chamber.
The folded book pages replicate the Auschwitz entrance. The children’s pleading hands are seen thrusting out of the boxcar.
Altered Books Inspired by Non fiction books and Field Guides
Size: 9 ½ “ d x 9”w x x14” h
The black and white illustrations of butterflies needed to escape and find their colours. Then the book itself began to fly.
Comes with small angled plinth.
Webster’s Dictionary N-Z
Size: 9 ½” x 6 ½ “ X 1”
An inserted mixed media panel shows a bald eagle. Below is a panel containing the delightful collection of words found adjacent to the word ‘Raptor' in this 1950's dictionary..