About this piece:
Over the past five years, I have made multiple series of paneled works that combine historic bookbinding materials and techniques. They may be wall mounted or placed on bookshelves, the elements interchanged or re-arranged, displayed horizontally or vertically. “Tsundoku I” is a reference to the act of collecting books without ever reading them, words on paper rendered invisible and meaningless.
gesso board, paper, book cloth, thread
About the artist:
Keli Rylance is an art historian and archivist. She studied painting with Ron Schaefer at the University of North Dakota, papermaking with Jim Escalante at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and bookbinding with conservator Bob Muens in Key West, Florida.
I am the head of Kansas State University Libraries’ Richard L. D. and Marjorie J. Morse Department of Special Collections