‘This Journey is a Book’ is a site-specific artwork made for Peckham Library, comprised of ten books (or chapters) scattered right across the library’s collection. Each chapter has the name of the book that it sits next to on the shelf and when read together the books take the reader on a journey across the breadth of the library.
The work was created at Camberwell College of Art for my MA final show and has subsequently been exhibited at Winchester School of Art, the Kiev International Book Fair, and in London as part of the group show Imprimatur, by the print-on-demand book company Blurb. The work is an edition of ten, one of which can be found in Chelsea College of Art’s artists’ book collection.
When exhibited, ‘This Journey is a Book’ also contained a introductory page, which could be taken away. The artefact provided contextual information about the work. A copy of the Preface is part of the Ephemera Collection in the shop.
“I have frequently made work for libraries, as they are such unique and inspiring places. I particularly like Peckham Library, as it is a really striking building and has a very broad collection. ‘This Journey is a Book’ attempts to guide a visitor through the space allowing them to stop in sections they not otherwise visit.”– Chris
Each ‘chapter’ relates to a book.
- The Complete Poems, Federico Garcia Lorca
- Living by the Word, Alice Walker
- Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
- Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
- The Time Machine, H.G. Wells
- Once Upon a Time in the North, Philip Pullman
- Essential NLP, Steve Bavister
- Orlando, Virginia Woolf
- Starbook, Ben Okri
- The Road to Wigan Pier, George Orwell