REPURPOSED BOOK ART BY BARBARA WILDENBOERWildenboer uses books of maps, atlases and science, transforming them into works of art by finely cutting their pages into thin strips of paper that then splay out from each book’s spine. In this way, the contents of the books – the images and words – become the raw materials for her designs, taking the texts far beyond their original form.

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Based in Cape Town, where she got her Masters in Fine Art from the Michaelis School of Art at the University of Cape Town in 2007, Wildenboer also works in several academic disciplines that showcase how our understanding of life is often mediated through text, as she stretches the world of each book she manipulates outside its own cover.

Her latest body of work, titled “The Lotus Eaters,” toured South Africa after opening at The Reservoir at the Oliewenhuis Art Museum in 2014.

+ Barbara Wildenboer

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