Sunday, 10 May 2015
the conversation can be quite a detailed way of exploring imagery
the conversation can be more abstract
The tiny books I work in are handmade, using fabric, paint, paper and thread. They vary in size but are all less than 10cm tall. Some are simply painted fabric covers with a single signature of pages within. I've also made a few more complex books with spines. I prefer the simpler books because they open easily to work on pages. I use sketchbook paper and then add layers of extra paper and collage so that the pages become heavier.
I'm always considering my personal response to looking at art history painting, especially portraits. I tend toward the playful but there can be layers of ideas. The pages are my way of exploring ideas of history, how people saw themselves in the past, how we look back on culture, how culture maintains certain ideas etc....
What can I do but put something of myself in the frame, or on the page, and consider it against what has come before.....