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Donna Maria deCreeft
New York, NY

Folding and Enfolding
Acrylic, ink, paper
9" x 12" x 28" (open)


Document Book
Currently in travelling show "Your Documents, Please"

Acrylic, Ink, found images, paper, linen thread, metal binding clip.
Dim. Var.


As a child I used to hide in the bottom of a corner cupboard poring over an obsolete dictionary that my father repaired with packing tape. It was a heavy book that smelled of rabbit skin-glue. Each section was marked by shiny black tabs with gold letters and the pages were tissue thin. Embedded within the text were exquisite engravings of unimagined creatures and objects. Leafing through it was like entering a cabinet of wonders.

Inspired by that early sense-memory, I make books. which I think of as containers for collections of ideas and images that Iíve gleaned from literature, mythology, science, philosophy and psychology. The books take different forms, loosely based on the accordion-fold design, but they have things in common. Since I employ basic technology and materials, and use a "pre-literate" working process the books are characterized by accident and imperfection. This gives them a metaphysical through-line that reflects the chaotic order hidden in nature.

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