Love of books inspires Inverness art student

An Inverness art student has used her love of books to inspire a collection of sculptural works, which is now on display in Aberdeen.

Chloe Wilson Degree Show 2016Chloe Wilson (24), who is studying contemporary art practice, has used laser cutting, hand cutting and hand printed imagery and text to create a series of sculptural books which work both as traditional story books but also as visual artworks.

Her work was unveiled at the Gray’s School of Art Degree Show in Aberdeen, which launched on Friday (June 17) and runs until Saturday, June 25.

The former Charleston Academy pupil said: “I have always had a love of books, and feel that reading is a fundamental part of our everyday lives. I am drawn to books because they are familiar and comforting objects that holds symbolism of knowledge; an easily accessible form of digesting information, which can be shared with others by simply passing it on.

“There are also variables of the notion of a book – magazines, newspapers, zines, which pass through many hands to endlessly expand knowledge. I wanted to represent books in a new form, to break down the conventions surrounding how books are viewed and made and to realise a new way of immersive reading, viewing and understanding.”

She added: “The content of these sculptural books concern works that have at one point either been banned, censored, or requested for removal from libraries throughout history by countries for their dangerous content, taboo subjects or for trying to speak out against a regime. One of the books I have chosen to work on in depth is 1984 by George Orwell.

“I am interested in the idea of extracts that have been taken out of context, or extracts that have been omitted from a book to change the tone, withhold or skew information, as well as appropriating children’s stories for adults. The books and prints I create are designed to look beautiful, yet the content inside reflects a darker issue.”

Chloe said she has really enjoyed developing her ideas and incorporating various aspects of her practice to create one cohesive piece.

She said: “I have loved every minute at Gray’s, it is exactly what I expected and couldn’t have asked for better friends that I have made here or better support from the tutors.

“I plan to apply for a place as a graduate artist in residence at Gray’s to further my practice.”

The Gray’s School of Art Degree Show, which is sponsored by BP for the thirteenth year, runs from June 18 to 25 and will showcase work by students of all disciplines.

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Jenny RushCommunications Officer | Design and Technology