my book of hopes and dreams
my book of hopes and dreams, 8×8 inches
In a previous post I mentioned the group show that I will be participating this coming up February at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery. Each artist was sent an 8×8 inch book to fill with paintings, drawings, collage, whatever. I decided to treat my book as a visual journal.
The size of the book reminded me of those black and white composition books that I used when I was little. I actually have one from back in the day that I used as a diary. And being a diary of a young girl, it was filled with a lot of angst as well as my hopes and dreams. So I wanted to recreate that composition book feel and painted the cover black. As I worked on my book, and filled it with collage and paint, the pages really started to bow out like crazy. Lucky for me I have a book press. But even so, I decided to add the button and ribbon to keep it closed. Also reminiscent of a young girl’s diary and paranoia of peering eyes and the desire to keep the contents secret.
I included some quotes about hope:
“Hope is the dream of a soul awake”
~ a French Proverb
And some words from Emily Dickinson around the bird:
“Hope is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without words and never stops at all”
I still need to scan in the rest of the pages for my records and hopefully I will be able to post them here. If not, they will at least make it over to my flickr page.