Book art is a discipline that explores both two-dimensional and three-dimensional spaces within a single work of art. It is an interdisciplinary art form that thrives at the intersection of bookbinding, printmaking, and papermaking, but also easily traverses the realms of sculpture, photography, painting, fiber arts, and other media.
(in)visible examines the rich and varied interpretations of the book as art, from sculptural pieces to more traditional structures such as the codex. The content within is produced using a diversity of processes and materials, featuring suminagashi (a Japanese technique for paper marbling), relief printing with linoleum blocks and photopolymer plates, handset type printed on a letterpress, handmade papers, invisible ink, and digital processes.
With so many elements to consider, including text, illustration, design, and binding, there are many decisions and steps in the creation of book art. Process materials are displayed alongside the book art within (in)visible, offering a glimpse of the artist’s journey as she develops a concept and how she chooses to translate that idea into a tangible work of art.
Book art, like conventional books, is a vehicle for stories and messages, but they are also artifacts bearing witness to an artistic journey unfolding over a period of time.