Limited only by imagination
From a young age, I knew that I wanted to be an artist. My studies were aimed at that goal and art has always been an integral part of my life. Exploration took me through a variety of media that have coalesced into the field of Book Arts.
A long history of working with my hands and working with ideas that require problem solving are essential for me. The lure of the non-traditional has long been enticing as well. Discovering artists’ books and the opportunities they provide for innovative use of well-crafted unique structures presents an interesting challenge. The artist's book encourages thought along unexplored avenues, which has a strong appeal for me. Book Arts embodies these traits.
Not only do words and pictures convey a book's message, but structures and materials have the ability to add content as well. Combining these elements gives the artist free reign, challenging the viewer to consider new definitions of what may be called a book. This is a strong focus in my work. Blending storytelling with original creative writing, documentary, animation and a variety of artistic media provides an abundance of tools.
Whenever I approach a project. I keep in mind that the materials, the form and the binding have a unique voice that fits the subject matter. When those elements correlate, the project itself succeeds.
My goal is to challenge the engagement of the viewer to question the extent to which preconceived notions might expand. I hope to encourage this through devices such as movement, humor and artistic application. This includes the exploration an acceptance of new ideas and an appreciation of a unique perspective.
Meryl Perloff Book Arts