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Ex Libris

Altered Books by Jacqueline Rush Lee https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altered_book

Ex Libris

Ex Libris

In 1998 I developed a unique, experimental process where books and periodicals were fired in controlled kiln environments with no clay or slip addition. Transformed into what I refer to as my “fossilized” books series, these works culminated in my exhibition Ex Libris.  Utilizing conditions of chance and controlled processes that allowed the hand, water, fire and chemical processes to sculpt books, I was intrigued by how the physical qualities of the books changed state. Each book was unique, revealing a range of surfaces, textures, page striations and subtle colours according to the degree of temperature subjected to. Some were fragile, bloom-like forms or skeletal remains, while others were coral-like, calcified forms with covers that were shell-like in feel with text, cover titles, and book cover colours present in their new, warped state. The books were no longer recognizable in their usual context, but transformed into poetic remnants of their former selves–ephemeral and ghost-like forms; suggesting internal landscapes and a trajectory of time, transformation and memory…Or the implication of scholar's rocks: at once a profound, simultaneous erosion and preservation of culture

 

Endoskeleton

Endoskeleton

Lee seems less to have changed the books than to have uncovered a physical state, as if books, like shells and bones, left behind a calcified framework… Writer Elizabeth Waddell, Quarterly Conversation

     

 

 

Shrunken Encyclopedia

Shrunken Encyclopedia

Fired Book Detail of Self-glazed Cover

Fired Book Detail of Self-glazed Cover

        

 

 

 

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Absolute Depth [Ex libris]

Absolute Depth [Ex libris]

Fired Periodical Shedding Text in Water

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