The spotlight today is an artist’s book, La Voisin by Sarah Bodman.
“But that doesn’t look like a book!” I hear you exclaim. Artist’s books come in all shapes and sizes. Some closely resemble traditional books, others are more abstract or even electronic. All are pieces of art usually produced in small print runs or as one-of-a-kind pieces.
La Voisin is “[t]he imaginary diary of Catherine Monvoisin; provider of potions, solutions and services to the court of Louis XIV.” It was produced in a limited edition of only three pieces, presented in a box including a bottle, a dried red rose, prints, and diary entries. The Research Repository record includes a photo of the book as well as further information about the exhibition it was presented at.
UWE Bristol holds several artist’s books in its library collection at Bower Ashton campus, including those produced by UWE Bristol researchers. More information about artist’s book can be found at the Book Arts website.