An altered book is any book, old or new that has been recycled by creative means into a work of art. This is a double post from my Denver Art Gallery Blog. One of my senior art students is working on an altered book for the first time. I'm so impressed by her creative approach to this new art expression for her.
Sarah explains about her pages in the following artist statements. "I've been working on an altered book for Studio Art, the pages are inspired by a few favorite songs, and each one has a theme. The page contains a line from the song Sophomore slump or comeback of the year and has a burning city and a marching Majorette. This was the first time I ever attempted artwork on a page so it was still new, I like the feather I used for the grass and the burned city the best.""This page was based around the song Northern Downpour by Panic at the Disco. I love the pieces of mirror and broken glass in the waves and by the boys feet, the glitter stars and the crumpled letter also make me smile. The wave and the ground I painted also came together pretty well." *Sarah
Sarah's still working on more pages to her book. The photos don't really do it justice. It makes me want to work on my own altered book... It's great when students inspire me! My friend Beth introduced me to Altered Books years ago. I've got the things gathered, just have to find the time to devote to it.