For many centuries books have been emblems of our culture and regarded as one of the defining characteristics of developed civilizations. They have been symbolically central to many religions.
Using the age-old symbol of the book as a canvas, these objects fuse cultural themes. The adorning collages form statements, stitching strands of visual culture, to transcend any single ethos.
These works are created by folding the pages of the book, following the slight misalignment of the grid on each page, lending a human element to the final sculpture. The book is disempowered by rendering it partially or wholly unreadable – though this does not destroy the volume of information that can be read from it. Instead, information is merely transfigured as the simple words, images and objects create a wealth of intended and unintended meanings.
PROF. PHIL CLEAVER — THE COACH HOUSE, HAMPTON MANOR, EASTWICK DRIVE, CHELTENHAM ROAD, EVESHAM, WR11 2LG