A is for Apple: another altered book.

Actually, A is for Apple is made from parts of two books. The apple is made from styrofoam and wire and cooked wheat starch paste/PVA mix and torn pages from a discarded copy of The Concise Oxford Dictionary (fourth edition, 1951). It is a shame you can’t handle it. I polished the surface with a bone folder so that it feels like apple skin to the touch. The apple is housed in a miniature apple crate which my husband made to my specs from scrap lumber. It has an inkjet-printed label on each end. The second book involved in the piece is a discarded copy of A Standard Dictionary, Funk and Wagnalls, 1897. The excelsior packing for the apple was made from “A” pages, including the two and a half pages listing known apple varieties. (The excelsior from these pages was divided among the six copies of the work.) When you open the crate, you can see the apple nestled inside. (Some of the excelsior was removed for this photograph.) Like my other artist’s books and altered books, this is more than a pleasing object: there are ideas involved. First there are allusions to the role of the apple in myth and history. Second, the piece references the role of modern agribusiness in the diminishing number of species being grown for food. One would not expect to find 1,620 varieties of apple  (135 column inches) for sale in the world today. One would be lucky to find fifty varieties available in areas known for apple production. Not all this information gets transmitted when the work is shown (in the flesh or on the web), though the pages of apple varieties usually get mentioned. Thirdly, the piece is a comment on the necessity of food and the Western obsession with it. (How many pictures of people’s meals have you seen on the Internet?) The work is usually displayed something like this:

About Byopia Press

I have been working in the book arts field for more than twenty years, and operating Byopia Press with my husband David since the late 1990s. I began producing artist's books and altered books in 2004.
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2 Responses to A is for Apple: another altered book.

  1. Lestaret says:

    Beautiful. Just beautiful.


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