After accidentally stumbling into the MAD exhibition that changed my life, I fell truly, madly, deeply in love with paper.
Working with paper was unlike any other experience; like every material I’d ever used rolled into one simple, clean sheet with seemingly impossible flexibility. I could cut it, sculpt it, fold it, and even create it using only the natural materials around me. It seemed so logical; it was the purest, most accommodating medium in existence. Anything I could dream up, I could create with paper; there were no limits, no impossibilities.
Considering my background in design, it was no surprise that my studies culminated in book arts. So, when I saw that the National Gallery was having an exhibition on artists’ books, I was ecstatic! If you’re in DC this winter, make sure you put "Text as Inspiration: Artists’ Books and Literature" on your list of things to see!
There doesn’t seem to be any information regarding the artists included in the exhibition, so I thought I’d share some of my favorites: Su Blackwell, El Lissitzky, Brian Dettmer, and Brandon Boyd (yes, that’s right, the one from Incubus).
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