On a cold and snowy afternoonI viewed Kate Bufton's latest exhibition Book Art exhibition
at Golborne Library
Kate's project is based around the libraries' Dewey Decimal system and the way books are categorized within it. Kate’s aim was to explore four key elements of the Arts & Recreation category (books contained within the 700-790’s), focusing on sculpture, photography, printmaking and painting. Inspiration came from the array of art books on the shelves and the artists that she found within the pages. The main inspirations for Kate's project have come from two books in particular - Eva Hesse’s ‘Studio Work’ and Andy Goldsworthy 'Hand to Earth’
Kate Bufton creates intricate and fragile paper sculptures from pages of timeworn books. Delicately assembled paper vessels enhance the books’ original beauty, whilst absent words - either stained or removed - highlight the damaging consequences of removing public libraries from our communities.
Kate transforms this familiar medium from a carrier of text to an object of art. The process of repetition, seen throughout many of her pieces, enables the artist to enter a trance-like state, in which she finds her mind to be most creative.