My work most often is with book forms. I have an ongoing interest in the artist’s book as a container of content but also as a sculptural object. I like the complexity that working with books allows; the materials, the forms, the content all working together.
I am interested in the relationship between the viewer and the book. A book to be viewed fully must be handled. This makes for a more connected, even intimate, type of viewing. Handling is not always possible and I keep the issue of display in mind in the design of my books. I often use variations on accordions to address that issue. At other times, I use formats that require handling for viewing such as flexagons because that particular setting is intrinsic to the content of the book.
I draw from my own life, what I read, experience, remember, dream and also make up, is used to develop the contents of my books. I want a communication from the book to the viewer, a communication sometimes clear, sometimes ambiguous or subject to interpretation. This is another aspect of the relationship of the book to the viewer. I use a variety of materials and methods to make my books, which are presented in edition of 10 to 100 copies. Working in multiples allows the books to be more widely distributed.
Statement courtesy of Emily Martin
Sally R. Bishop Artist in Residence, Center for Book Arts, New York, NY, USA (2002)
The Book as Art: Twenty Years of Artists' Books from the National Museum of Women in the Arts
The Book as Art