One of my favourite altered books was made by Sarah Bodman. She overprinted an inkjet print of Constable’s The Haywain on the centre spread of a British Department of Agriculture pamphlet on how farmers should deal with with nuclear fallout.
Today’s flick is about her artist’s book Read With Me. From the text on the YouTube page:
It is the final part of a 4-year project made in collaboration with a psychometric reader and the public. This last edition concludes the tributes to Susan Hiller’s collaborative telepathy experiment ‘Draw Together’, and the Fox sisters who launched their careers as spirit mediums with a public performance on 14th November 1849, at the Corinthian Hall in Rochester, New York state, USA. The artist’s book is the result of a performative drawing event, readings by the psychometric reader, collages made during lockdown and words assembled from the dissected readings. Produced via a remote residency at the London Centre for Book Arts, UK, 2022.
As well as being a book artist, Bodman is Senior Research Fellow for Artists’ Books & Programme Leader for MA Multidisciplinary Printmaking at the Centre for Fine Print Research, UWE Bristol. By going to this page you could watch another video this weekend (23 minutes) of Bodman discussing the artists’ books in the Bristol archives.