The ongoing advancement of technology seems to be threatening the survival of the printed word. In antique stores and rubbish bins everywhere, old books are finding themselves on shelves, collecting dust until an enterprising artist with a passion for pages comes along. British artist Kerry Miller painstakingly dissects forgotten volumes, releasing images of flowers, people, and animals from inside. Exposing the innermost secrets between the covers, she encourages the viewer to pick up a text of their own and dig through its material.
Books may soon be seen as bygone relics of the past. Libraries are going digital, and novels and textbooks are increasingly finding themselves represented on tablets and computers. In order to reimagine the book, Miller transforms the collection of pages from a repository of information into a piece of artwork. Each collection is sourced for its pictures, age, and character. She tends to use older sources as they lend themselves to her process in ways that modern books do not. For each piece, she removes the words, highlighting the illustrations and adding watercolor to enhance the final impression.
“I enjoy the fact that I can even make use of books in a condition which most people would dismiss as unusable,” says Miller. ” I view my work as a collaboration, a partnership with the past, giving new purpose to old books that may otherwise never see the light of day or simply end up in recycling.”
Miller endows cast-off volumes with a new sense of value, making them worthy of attention through her incredible effort. By dissecting the images, she engages the viewer with not only a display of skill, but transforms the purpose of her chosen medium. The books still convey information, but now primarily focused on dazzling the eyes in order to fill the mind.
Via Beautiful Decay