Newspapers, books, comics - they have all been part of my art projects over the years. Beginning in 2018, I started taking books and page by page creating something from them. For the next 2+ years, that has been one of my ongoing projects, with hundreds of paintings from books I have eventually used up, page by page. I call this exploration re-reading as now the writing on the page is part of a different story
The books of the Iliad
The Iliad is iconic in Western literature so I wanted to capture the story in some way, so my idea was to take the title pages to the book and then each of the pages for the separate books (chapters). From the start, I knew how I was going to build up colours, dots, then black and white lines. 18.5 feet by 6 inches. Acrylic on paper.
Among the hundreds of painted books pages I have created, the circle motif comes back frequently. Given the grid and lines of a book page, circles contrast and stand out in ways that jar our understanding of the written word on a page.
An art book of the work of Peter Brueghel the Elder challenged me to work with text pages and plates of his works. Lots of reflection and many works.
This old book, pages going brown, attracted my eye because it spoke to an older, different time.
In 2018, a met someone from Nigeria who gave me two book agendas for 2019. I had no use for such agendas, as even I had fazed out such books in the past years. Somehow, I got the idea to paint on the pages of those agendas. It has been a stretch to find new ideas all the time to start and develop abstract paintings on those pages, but I have done it and been energized by the challenge of creating so many paintings.