Lise Melhorn-Boe – Choose Happy


© 2015
Edition of 10
10.75 x 8.5 x 1

about this piece


Created for the 2015 Ideation Experience exhibition.

cardstock, toner

Final version differs slightly from the one pictured here.


Artist Statement about work:

The day before I chose my cards for this book, I had seen a billboard that said “CHOOSE HAPPY” on it. I decided that would be my title and theme. I searched in a variety of types of magazines for text that related to choices or happiness. Then I typed CHOOSE HAPPY in the search box of the public library’s catalogue. I was given the title of a book about choosing happiness, and when I went to the stacks to find it, I found others about happiness, so I checked out a few and took them home to start reading. I got quite excited about one of them, and the choosing happiness book had some good quotes too, so I started taking notes. This fortunately fit the scientific or research-based adjective card I had chosen. Since the structure I had chosen was an accordion and the layout was across the folds, making a pop-up book made sense to me, as they always make people happy. I decided to make the text itself pop-up and to make the pop-ups my self-generated image.

Created using the following Ideation Deck card draws: color – pastel; structure – accordion; image – self-generated; technique – my choice; layout – across the folds; text – found; paper- multiple colours. Adjectives: scientific or research-based , loud , elegant or harmonious , opposing or contrasting , textured

About artist:

Lise Melhorn-Boe has been making and exhibiting books and sculptural bookworks for thirty-five years. She studied at the University of Guelph and received her M.A. and M.F.A. degrees from Wayne State University in Detroit. Melhorn-Boe has exhibited widely across Canada and the United States as well as Europe and South America. Her work is in several public and university collections including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Canada Council Art Bank, Library and Archives Canada, the National Gallery in Ottawa, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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Lise Melhorn-Boe – Choose Happy