Bookmarking Book Art — M. L. Van Nice

Feast is in the Belly of the Beholder
Feast is in the Belly of the Beholder, M. L. Van Nice

Here is truly found book art.  All the work here was done by bugs.   As the artist relates, “I merely recognized the feast, or rather the scene of the feast. I did wonder, however, if they stopped to pause when they got to the entomology section.”

A similar effect – less found, more planted and farmed – is Finlay Taylor’s East Dulwich Dictionary (2007), which is described by Susan Johanknecht in “Bookmare” at Transforming the Artists’ Book:

… a dictionary that had been left out on the ground for months to be eaten by slugs, worms, snails and woodlice, with leaves, dirt, twigs and animal droppings now embedded into its surface. The dictionary, a material object that names the world, was thus brought into tension with the (named) animals that consumed it as food. Tunnelled with eating trails, a few tiny fragments of its text remained – ‘tempt/to fail to/up a resist/expos’ – like bits of poetry gleaned from an archive, the uneaten depths of the dictionary. This work lightly referenced John Latham’s Still & Chew book-consuming event of 1966.


One thought on “Bookmarking Book Art — M. L. Van Nice

  1. Michele 2013/05/23 / 03:49

    That is surprisingly beautiful, isn’t it?


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