Library of Lost Books

I was selected for the Library of Lost Books exhibition. Each artist was sent an antique book that had been salvaged from destruction and to work with it in anyway we wished.

My book arrived simply wrapped in brown paper and tied with a string bow of string.

The cover is exquisitely hand painted using a type of marbling, there was no spine and the calf vellum was turning to dust. The covers collapsed in two after a short time since there wasn’t any coverings remaining on the spine.

I was interested in the marginalia which was mainly by the hand of Reverend Bingley.

I wanted to keep and enhance the notes, makings and musings by erasing the rest of the text.

I decided eventually to use fire as my method of erasure.

The Library of Lost Books will be catalogued and exhibited at the new Birmingham Library opening in 2013. It will then be shown at Wolverhampton University and from there on tour to various venues.

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