Since creating a ‘book exchange’ during my residency last year in Istanbul (where a Turkish book bought in Newcastle was returned, worked into with Iznik Tile design, and left in Turkey and an English book bought in Turkey was returned to England) I have been collecting English language books from each foreign country I visit.
There is no real attribute I look for in the books, other than there is some sign of where it has been returned from - a name scrawled in the cover, an old library stamp, an introduction in a different tongue.
Each of the books is then turned into a sculptural object through a reworking of surface and form. I have three books so far, one from Paris (France), one from Vilnius (Lithuania) and one from Istanbul (Turkey). I am hoping over the next few years I can amass enough to represent a library of ‘returned’ books to exhibit as a collection.
I will also be submitting one of the books currently at The Last Chapter for the Sheffield Book Prize 2013…more info on the prize and exhibition HERE