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Ellie Brown
Philadelphia, PA

www.elliebrown.com

The Self-Titled book series plays with the idea of a book and how one looks at it and receives information. The pages of the books are glued together to render it unopenable. Inside the book, a portion is cut out to reveal a window of thought illustrated though collage. The two-collaged pieces in the book work in both a juxtaposed and harmonic dialogue. By destroying the actual content of the book and adding my own in its place, I ask the viewer to question what information is gathered without the actual text of the book. I have taken the power of director from the author for myself, hereby deciding how I believe the book should read based on a series of judgments. In altering the intended content of the books, I have created a book- shelf that reflects my own desires and points of view. As the viewer approaches the bookshelf, she expects an experience that in the end will differ from what actually occurs. It is the tension between expectations and experience, information available and information withheld that exists between the cover and the inside of these altered books. Most of the books I’ve chosen to alter reflect antiquated or stereotypical ideas about gender and sexuality. The books evoke a range of critical feelings in me that go from bemusement to anger. My collaged alterations challenge and mock the ideas presented on the books’ cover and with its original content. I do this in a way that creates a new text to soothe my questioning of the books’ original context. This lets me regain control of the content to suit my own views about gender and sexuality. The left side of the slide image represents the cover of the book and the right side shows the only viewable inside. The current manifestation of this work is in the form of Archival Epson Prints ranging in size from 13x19 to 20x26”. The prints look exactly as the slide images do, preserving most of the dimensionality and texture of the book through the scanning process. The prints remove the meaning and context of the book one step further making them a complement to the books that they are derived from.



Ellie Brown's work appeared in the following exhibition(s) organized by The Center for Book Arts
A Chronicle of Lovers: Ellie Brown
 Organized by Alexander Campos, Executive Director
Background to Danger
Altered book
Boys Book Science Construction
Altered book
Computer Sex
Altered book
Computer Sex
Digital print
Dog Next Door
Altered book
Drinking and What To Do About It
Digital print
Drinking and What To Do About It
Altered book
Girl Love the Air
Altered book
Girl Trouble
Digital print
Girl Trouble
Altered book
Give Love the Air
Digital print
Golden Hawk
Altered book
Gowns of Glory
Altered book
Great Male Conspiracy
Altered book
Hair Culture
Altered book
Hair Culture
Digital print
Happiness
Altered book
He Manners
Altered book
He Manners
Digital print
It's Okay If You Don't
Altered book
Jewish People
Altered book
Laughter is Legal
Altered book
Laughter is Legal
Digital print
Liberated Lady
Altered book
Love Can Say No
Altered book
Lovers Must Learn
Altered book
Male Female
Digital print
Male Female
Altered book
Man and the Computer
Altered book
Man Manipulator
Altered book
Man Manipulator
Digital print
Microbe Hunters
Altered book
Nervous Accomplice
Altered book
Nervous Accomplice
Digital print
New Basic Course
Altered book
Not Made for Quitting
Altered book
Oh Careless Love
Digital print
Oh Careless Love
Altered book
Peace & Love
Altered book
Personal Hygiene
Altered book
Photo Oil Coloring
Altered book
Prom Trouble
Digital print
Prom Trouble
Altered book
R is for Rocket
Altered book
Rabbit Hill
Altered book
San Francisco
Altered book
Sane Sex Life
Altered book
Say Darling
Altered book
Secret Garden
Digital print
Secret Garden
Altered book
Secretary's Manual
Altered book
Spice Box
Altered book
Sports
Altered book
Sweet Sixteen
Altered book
Techniques of expression
Altered book
Tents of Wickedness
Digital print
Tents of Wickedness
Altered book
The Ability to Love
Altered book
The Ability to Love
Digital print
The Bad Boy
Altered book
The Forgotten Smile
Digital print
The Forgotten Smile
Altered book
The Hunter and the Trap
Altered book
The Sensuous Woman
Altered book
The Sensuous Woman
Digital print
The Unknown Mr. Brown
Altered book
The Vanishing Adolescent
Altered book
They Fought For the Sky
Trouble After School
Altered book
Trouble After School
Digital print
Trouble With Thirteen
Altered book
Upper Room
Altered book
Voices From Tape
Altered book
Wave As You Pass
Altered book
Win Friends
Altered book

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