Category book art

Ensemble: a pop up orchestra

Few months ago I was invited to be part of the annual Book Arts exhibition organized by Laramie County Library The theme for this exhibit, Ensemble: Inspiration and the Artist Book, complements the Library’s 2018 music-inspired summer reading program, Libraries ROCK! In the invitation sent to artists, the curators encouraged to think collaboratively and to involve […]

The art of Angling

Few months ago I was invited to take part in a beautiful exhibition in Jaggedart, a small but great gallery in Marylebone, London that specializes in works on paper and book art. The exhibition, On the same page focused on Artist’s Books and Alterations: In a time when words and images seem to evaporate into the ether, this […]

Inhale, Exhale (and Sneeze)

Last June I went on a trip to Mid Wales, where one of my books was exhibited together with other 26 pieces at the Sidney Nolan Trust, in Presteigne.    The exhibition is called Re-Imagining the Laws of England: “A set of ‘Halsbury’s Statutes’, the accepted authoritative texts for statute law (Acts of Parliament) of England and Wales, […]

The work in progress of Guides to Elsewhere: 7/Maelström

For this work, representing the immense powerful vortex described in Edgar Allan Poe’s A descent into the Maelström, I wanted to use a traditional printing technique instead of the digital approach used for previous books. I carved the image of a whirlpool into a piece of linoleum and I repeated the same print on each of the 50 pages […]

The work in progress of Guides to Elsewhere: 6/Macondo

Macondo is the very first part of the series Guides to Elsewhere: it was created two years ago for my boyfriend, who had left for a two-month trip to Brazil. Before his trip, I had lent him my brother’s old Lonely Planet: he then bought an updated version of it and left the old one at home. That object […]

The work in progress of Guides to Elsewhere: 5/Labyrinth

When King Minos of Crete decided to build a prison to hold the Minotaur in Knossos, he called Daedalus: the skilled inventor created a Labyrinth so intricate, he had to build himself a pair of wings in order to escape it. To be consisted with the classical depictions on coins and pottery,even though both logic […]

The work in progress of Guides to Elsewhere: 4/City of the Immortals

The Immortal is a short story written by Jorge Luis Borges and included in a collection, The Aleph, published in 1949; it tells the autobiographical tale of a roman soldier, Marcus Flaminius Rufus, and his quest for a river that gives immortality. After a long journey, he finds the river and a labyrinthic place called City […]

The work in progress of Guides to Elsewhere: 3/Erewhon

Erewhon is a 19th Century novel by Samuel Butler; it name is also the name of a fictional country where the novel takes place. The title is meant to be read as “nowhere” backwards even though the letters “h” and “w” are inverted. The book is a satire of Victorian society and describes the peculiarities […]

The work in progress of Guides to Elsewhere: 2/Eldorado

They were obliged to creep along, from rock to rock, for the space of a league, till at length a spacious plain presented itself to their sight. This place was bounded by a chain of inaccessible mountains. The country appeared cultivated equally for pleasure and to produce the necessaries of life. The useful and agreeable […]

The work in progress of Guides to Elsewhere: 1/Atlantis

… But at a later time there occurred portentous earthquakes and floods, and one grievous day and night befell them, when the whole body of your warriors was swallowed up by the earth, and the island of Atlantis in like manner was swallowed up by the sea and vanished; wherefore also the ocean at that […]