Jan Dove – The Book of BonBons


© 2015
edition of v.e.
dimensions in inches: 13.25 x 11 x 3.25

About this piece:

The Book of BonBons came about as a result if my fascination with geometric puzzles. It is a reminder of the need for play and curiosity which are two well-tested paths to creativity. On each puzzle is written a quote from an artist about play. The membrane pages in the center of the candy box are composites of my digital photographs, drawings, and traditional prints. These pages are constructed on the pattern of a visual puzzle. The text is about the permeability of human influences.

I edited the video documentation of this book in collaboration with the students of the Beginning Video Production class at Berkeley City College.


book board, cotton, mylar, paper

About the artist(s):

Lives and works in Port Angeles, Washington, United States

Jan Dove earned her MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her work has been shown internationally. She has been honored with Residencies at Blue Mountain Center in New York and Ucross in Wyoming. Her artist books are in the Joan Flasch Collection in Chicago, University of Washington Library, Book Arts Collection and the Cynthia Sears Artist Book Collection, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. Jan now serves on the Board of Directors of the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center. Her art influences are Kathe Kollwitz, Artemesia Gentileschi, and Anonymous from the cave wall tradition.


Jan Dove – The Book of BonBons