Browsing my Studio Bookshelves
|Part of my collection, with a photograph I took in Genova, Italy while I was studying abroad in 2006.|
My fascination with paper has been persistent my entire life. This partly explains why, in this digital age, I focused my studies on a very traditional studio art: Printmaking. Process-oriented and revolving around a love of paper, it was a natural choice for me. Ink rolled on wooden blocks, limestone and rubbed in metal grooves, impressed on paper with the turn of a crank and a metal drum. In the 1450s, the first book was printed using movable type...560 years later here I am in my studio with a press, piles of paper and blocks of type just waiting to be inked up and printed.
While I do love writing with my computer and reading on my Ipad, nothing will ever compare to flipping through the pages of something tangible; smelling the paper, touching the glossed pictures, underlining passages to remember and folding down corners to mark a spot...