This Journey is a Book

‘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.

This Journey is a Book - Installation View - Camberwell College
This Journey is a Book – Installation View- Camberwell College

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.

This Journey is a Book - Installation Detail - Camberwell College
This Journey is a Book – Installation Detail – Camberwell College
This Journey is a Book - Cover of Chapter 5 The Time Machine
This Journey is a Book – Cover of Chapter 5 The Time Machine
This Journey is a Book - Double Page Spread from Chapter 5 The Time Machine
This Journey is a Book – Double Page Spread from Chapter 5 The Time Machine

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.

Mockup of all ten book covers.
Mockup of each book cover.
This Journey is a Book - Installation View at The New Art of Making Books.
This Journey is a Book – Installation View at Winchester School of Art, as part of The New Art of Making Books
This Journey is a Book - At Imprimatur: Unbinding the Book
This Journey is a Book – At Imprimatur: Unbinding the Book
This Journey is a Book - At Imprimatur: Unbinding the Book
This Journey is a Book – At Imprimatur: Unbinding the Book

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