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About the author:
Sas Colby is a mixed-media artist and teacher with more than forty years of experience. She is best known for her pioneering work in the genre of artists' books, paintings, photography, and alternative art forms. Her artwork is in the collection of The Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris and The Australian National Gallery, Canberra, among other collections. She has taught both in the United States and abroad, emphasizing experimental art practices. her annual Taos, New Mexico workshop, "Studio in the Sky," is currently in its 19th year.
Although Sas's art has been published extensively in other books, "World of Books" is her first published book, and reflects her life-long interest in international correspondence and travel. For information on Sas Colby's workshops and exhibitions, visit her website: www.sascolby.com.
World of Books
World of Books began as a commemorative project when I was invited to create a book for the exhibition, Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here, honoring the booksellers of Baghdad, many of whom were killed and wounded in a car bombing in March 2007.
For this project, artists were invited to create books to honor the power of words, our ties to literary and intellectual life the world over. My idea was to gather pictures of books as a symbolic replacement for those that were destroyed. I sent out a request to friends and colleagues to send me a photograph of one of their bookshelves. The resulting images are assembled here.
Each image is a personal essay on the special role books and reading plays in our lives. The cumulative effect of page after page of these individual bookshelves is a powerful reminder that we are perpetually thirsty for knowledge and the freedom to pursue it. None of us can imagine a world without books. "No way books will die out," writes one of the contributors. In the words accompanying these photographs, I sense a deep attachment to books as personal objects we can (and must) hold and touch. Cyber technology has yet to supersede our need to physically possess the books we love.
The spirit that springs from these pages celebrates the freedom to think, read, and write. World of Books is dedicated to all who cherish the unrestricted expression and exchange of ideas.
- Publication Date:
- 0977103749 / 9780977103744
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 8.25" x 6"
- Full Color with Bleed
- Related Categories:
- Art / Individual Artists / Artists Books