Books are receptacles of stories. They’re like sculptures of information – words and stories made into tangible objects. Books are also metaphors for people’s identities and memories. The pieces revolve around the idea of the breakdown of these identities and the slow dissolution of memories. Specific stories and personalities dissolve and run together. Singular identities lose cohesion until they become anonymous. The books try to depict that moment before all identity and story dissolves. In that moment, the object is in flux and becomes something new and different.
Art Fair Philippines 2015 is happening in 9 days as I write this. I’m part of Canvas Gallery‘s Libro Exhibition, a group exhibit which features artworks inspired by books. I decided to make new book assemblages as my contribution to the show.
I have eight new pieces ready for exhibition. Here are some works-in-progress.
Art Fair Philippines is happening on February 5-8, 2015 at The Link carpark, Makati Avenue, Makati City.
This year, I decided to make gifts for my studio mates at Studio Dialogo. I bought some second hand books from Book Sale, slapped on some Mod Podge, cut out a bunch of old magazines and collaged them with some oil painted faces done on canvas pad. It’s been a very busy holiday season.
This marks a first for me: I’ve never gutted a book in my life before until now.