‘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.
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.”
‘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.”
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.
‘Mrs Dalloway – Variations #1’ is an A6 pamphlet with a marbled cover. The interior contains text from the novel’s first page, duplicated and scored out in different ways to create a new narrative.
‘Mrs Dalloway – Variations #2’ is an A6 pamphlet with a marbled cover. The interior contains text from the novel – specifically Clarissa’s visit to Mulberry’s the florist. The text is overlaid with pressed flowers from the Linnean Herbarium.
The books are a series of abstractions of Virginia Woolf’s novel ‘Mrs Dalloway’. The marbled cover echoes the covers of the poetry books published by Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press.
“Each time I pick up Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway and flick through the pages I come across lines that I have no recollection of reading before – it’s a bit like when you write down a dream and look back later to not remember it at all. The book is so rich and densely written that I wanted to play with the text and layer it, to see what new artwork could be teased from it.”
Specifications: 2 A6 full-colour pamphlets. Signed and numbered edition of 50. 2015.
Mrs Dalloway Variations #1 and #2
The books are a series of abstractions of Virginia Woolf’s novel ‘Mrs Dalloway’.