I’m drawn to the wear and tear on old books and evidence that they’ve been read, loaned and enjoyed. I’ve reclaimed thousands of vintage books and especially appreciate the bygone designs, colors and textures. The beautifully handwritten inscriptions are an art form all their own. I read a lot of great passages, notice sentences that people underlined and entries they made in the margins. I find artifacts, bookplates, bookstore labels and illustrations that lead me to interesting people and places. It’s all stuff of art and I love getting lost in it.
I got inspired to reimagine unwanted books while visiting Sicily and resonating with an amazing collection of recovered floor tiles. See:
Out of that experience came my mosaics made with book cover cuttings. Sometimes I adher my pieces with contractor staples to evoke a “stitched” aesthetic. Lately I'm more interested in the scraps and marks made from my process. I exhibit the mosaics in many dfferent ways - - sometimes I show them singly and other times I connect them to form a larger installation.