PAINTINGS OF BOOKS
In this selection of pieces, found books are placed, often within the frame, next to their painted image. The medium I use is usually watercolor. The books were acquired from used bookstores, yard sales, flea markets and such. Their titles range from lurid romance, sensational sociology, to photographic processes, maritime themes and the hypnotic image. These books are all from another time, yet they remain of interest in this time, as they continue to circulate, year after year, long after their publication date and long since their intended purpose has lapsed. The original pictures were manufactured swiftly but I work for many hours to faithfully copy them, right down to each accident - a crease, smudge or tear. The paintings are not always finished but I consider them complete. The painted representation, juxtaposed with the physical object, and often presented in immersive installations, sets the stage for enquiry. For me, the work of copying is an act of thinking, a way of raising questions and, in a sense, interrogating the object.
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