Bookmarking Book Art — Abigail Thomas

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In a time when the act of reading is changing significantly, the physical book as a mechanism for reading, is being brought into question. My practice is concerned with the book as machine, or reading machine, and bound up with an imagined escape from the page. Interests in Bob Brown in particular and his own imagined reading machine have led my practical work to develop into a combination of written and visual practice.

Through a variety of media, including installations, performance and single sheet folded bookworks, I am currently examining how we read through machines and, in turn, how we interact with them. Using instructional language, questioning narrative text and visual signs and symbols on the printed page, I create work with existing and new material, both written and visual, processing my own ideas alongside the ideas of others.

via Abigail Thomas > Artist Statement Abigail Thomas.

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