‘Convergences’ is a short, but densely layered book-work that was commissioned by the artist Sharon Kivland as a part of Leeds College of Art’s ‘Library Interventions’ series. For the project Kivland employed the services of several artists to read on her behalf and provide a ‘report’ on what they found.

‘Convergences’ is the result of that reading and charts the artist’s journey as a reader through Leeds College’s library collection, via the art work and influences of Kivland. The resulting journey throws up old memories and the past, present, fact and fiction begin to converge.

“I hugely enjoyed the opportunity to be a reader for Sharon Kivland, as it gave me a chance to get to know her work in more detail, and step into her shoes by imagining the books she may have chosen. The visit was a chance to return to West Yorkshire, my old home, and revisit memories from my time there. During the making process, which mostly took place in and around my workplace of South Kensington, the story of that real journey began to take shape; revealing an intriguing set of convergences.”

– Chris

The finished book-work was presented at the opening event for the series, alongside the contributions of Kivland’s other readers.

An uncorrected artists’ proof of Convergences is available in the shop as part of the Ephemera Collection.

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‘Goethe’s Divan for Divination’ is a playful artwork which takes a selection of Goethe’s romantic and colourful poems and makes them suitable for divination.

The book work was originally made for exhibition as part of a group show in Düsseldorf which responded to the work of famous poets, investigating them from a different angle. Goethe’s poetry (and psychically the ‘Divan’) has often been inspired by the work of the Persian poet Hafez, a writer who’s books are frequently used for bibliomancy (divining the future).

Goethe Divan for Divination - Interior Page Spread
Goethe Divan for Divination – Interior Page Spread

The book is intended to be a light-hearted introduction to Geothe’s poetry and includes the original annotations from Alexander Rogers’ 1890 translation.

Goethe is not an author I knew particularly well, so the exhibition provided a great excuse to get to know the work better. I particularly loved the connection between Goethe and Hafez, so wanted to draw a creative parallel between them. I hope you enjoy the experience of happening upon particular poems and discovering Goethe’s poems afresh.

– Chris
Goethe's Divan for Divination - Book Face Down
Goethe’s Divan for Divination – Book Face Down
Goethe's Divan for Divination - Double Page Spread
Goethe’s Divan for Divination – Double Page Spread

The current edition of ‘Goethe’s Divan for Divination’ is a paperback. An earlier pamphlet edition is also available from the shop and is featured below.

‘Goethe’s Divan for Divination’pamphlet edition – Cover
‘Goethe’s Divan for Divination’pamphlet edition – Interior.
‘Goethe’s Divan for Divination’pamphlet edition – Interior Spread