Love of books and reading was inherent to me from childhood. See my blog post, Unpacking My Library. It may be found by scrolling my blog at the bottom of my Home page on this site, or by clicking this link from my WordPress site, where it officially resides:
Extending from the momentum of my Library series, I have returned to an earlier form of collage/assemblage that I used to do. I select particular saved source material from my studio that I have saved for years, in my continual attempt to eventually use everything up.
My ongoing series, Library, brings back some forms of book arts techniques and processes that I have enjoyed working with in the past. The imagery for the first two is from a digitized print I had made from one of my Prayer for the Earth drawings. As always, I only incorporate collage material that originates from saved scraps from my own work, demo images I made while teaching or things that otherwise came into my direct sphere of involvement and saved for studio use. Although I know where every scrap came from, my hope is that it's literalness has been transcended by the resulting work of art within which it has become an element.
The artist's book, Prayer for the Earth, culminated a long project that I did throughout the pandemic. It started out to be the fourth of a sequence of multiple process drawings, but I decided to make a book instead, while the last drawing was still in progress.
©2023 Janet Maher, Library Series #5: Dissolved Words
©2022 Janet Maher, Prayer for the Earth, artists' book.