|Patricia Sarrafian Ward, My Characters Were Not Able to Come Fully to Life (2008-2009)|
This Wednesday, we are looking at a work by Patricia Sarrafian Ward, an artist whose work is currently on display at the Center for Book Arts, until March 31, 2012. The installation of Ward’s work, titled Re/Vision, recreates her studio as she took the novel she was writing (as well as her cover letters to agents and their responses) and recreated it into a series of visual sculptures. My Characters Were Not Able to Come Fully to Life, a piece that created a whirlpool of words from strips of paper, is just one piece of Ward’s 28-piece exhibition, as well as just one example of the beautiful and innovative ways artists respond to the printed page. What I personally love about Ward’s work is that it is just as much about the words as it is their arrangement. Like poetry, both the form and the content come together to create a powerful image and emotion. For Ward, it is not just about the swirling pieces of her novel being sucked up, but the sections that she chose the spectator to see on both sides of the page.
Another wonderful part about Ward’s exhibit is she encourages her work to be gently touched, so we encourage you to come down to the Center for Book Arts and see her pieces (and the rest of our exhibitions!) for yourself. Admission is free!
We also have artists talks, so don’t forget to check out our events page for dates and times! Ward will be speaking on Re/vision on Wednesday, March 14th at 6:30pm.
For more information about Patricia Sarrafian Ward’s work and other exhibitions currently on display, visit http://www.centerforbookarts.org/exhibits/ And see you next Wednesday for another taste of the letterpress and book arts currently on display!
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