I use text, painting, drawing and photography and books to examine language, representation and meaning. Employing rules, formulae and systems, my methods include making lists and collections, alphabetizing and rearranging texts and writing instructions. I am interested in the construction of meaning and how the arbitrary and personal interplay with the apparently logical and rational.
I am particularly engaged with the book-as-artwork - an affordable and democratic form to communicate ideas about language and visual experience. Since 2012 I have self published over twenty books. Many of them are now held in public collections in the UK, USA , Europe and Scandinavia. I regularly show my books at artists' book fairs.
In 2017 I was given two commissions for temporary public artworks in Cheltenham and Hastings. I was particularly interested in showing works in public contexts such as bus shelters (Cheltenham) and a newspaper (Hastings).
CV & Education
1991-1994 Bath College of Higher Education, BA (Hons) Fine Art
2010-2014 Bath Spa University, MFA (distinction)
Recent Group Exhibitions
2015 By the Rules; Salisbury Arts Centre
Sheffield International Artists' Book Prize; Bank Street Arts, Sheffield - Prizewinner
Re: follow-ed (after Hokusai); Cabinet Du Livre d'artiste, Rennes
Art:Language:Location; Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge
2016 Complicity: Artifice & Illusion; Collyer Bristow, London
WWOOMAFAABSU; OXO Tower, London
Wells Art Contemporary; The Bishop's Palace, Wells
2017 The Order of Things; The Wilson, Cheltenham
Artists' Books for Everything; Weserburg Museum of Modern Art, Bremen, Germany
Making Beyond Words; Bath Spa University, Corsham Court, UK
2017 About is Like About; Cheltenham.
About is Like About; Coastal Currents Festival, Hastings
Press & Publications
The Order of Things, Exhibition Book, Everyday Press, 2018
Saturation Point, Review of The Order of Things.
Poetry News, Winter 2016, Preview of the Bristol Artists' Book Event
KALEID editions, Interview
A Study in Pink, Red, Black and White, Sarah Bodman, Printmaking Today, Spring 2016
Artists’ Books 2015: 10 of the best, Sarah Bodman, a-n, December 2015
Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, UK
Cardiff Metropolitan University Library, UK
Centre for Fine Print Research, Bristol, UK
Chelsea College of Arts Library, UAL, London, UK
National Poetry Library, South Bank Centre, London, UK
Oxford Brookes University Library, Oxford, UK
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection, USA
Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh, UK
Swarthmore College Library, Pennsylvania, USA
University of the West of England Library, Bristol, UK
Volumes, Zurich, Switzerland
Weserburg-Museum für moderne Kunst, Weserburg, Germany