About this piece:
Encountering ‘The Book History Reader’ (by Finkelstein and McCleery, 2009 edition) was a pivot point for me as an artist and a library professional. Each essay revealed another aspect of book history that surprised and delighted me, and as it made me think about the book as a physical structure existing within its myriad contexts, it also caused me to think about how the concepts of the Reader might be mapped to physical structures.
As academics, we are often expected to pull apart a piece of research to reveal strengths and flaws, and to speculate on how that study could be expanded on in the future. Often this expansion takes place in scholarly publications and presentations, but what happens when we expand our sharing practices to include visual art? This piece is based on Wolfgang Iser’s essay and is part of a response series to essays within the Reader, made with an eye towards using the insights art provides to complement those of academic writing.
paper, thread, ink, wood, paste
About the artist:
Julia is a rare books curator, food historian, and artist living in the south. She focused on calligraphy at the Center for the Book and her current work focuses on the intersections between cultural memory, tradition, and modern inquiry.
I work as curator of a rare book museum, and received both my MA and PhD in Library & Information Studies.