Since I have been involved in the Al-Mutanabbi Project last january, I have focused my attention on the beauty of destruction in book art. I started altering discarded books adopted from charity shops or withdrawn from libraries and I realized how powerful was the action itself and how aesthetically strong could the result be.
Of course, I am not the only to find all this very exciting.
I went to an inspiring lecture from Kate Flint from Rutgers University (NJ, USA) in Birkbeck University some months ago: she talked about the beauty of found books “that are lovingly vandalized back into life”. Here is a selection of the artists she mentioned (click on the images for more info):