Book Art

Artists are visual people, not wordsmiths. So it was natural for Hawaii-based artist Jacqueline Rush Lee to create art out of discarded books. Shes bakes them in kilns, dyes them and intricately forms them to make sculptures with incredible texture. Some literary nuts may see her art as sacrilege, others, amazing art. She chooses used books as her medium because of the symbolic qualities they possess. “They come with their own histories of use and meaning and how they serve as potent vehicles of expression. With the idea of working with them as my canvas or building block, I transform the books into sculptures that explore and redefine the book as familiar object, medium, and archetypal form. By scrambling the formal arrangement of the book and transposing its material and conceptual qualities, I aim to create evocative art forms that suggest an alternative narrative.” Ok, so this artist is a bit of a wordsmith.

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