In my research for this project, I realized that my concept of what a book is very limited. I was even confused by the concept of a book artist. I couldn’t understand what that meant. I kept thinking of a book designer. I didn’t understand that the book itself was a work of art. Not what is inside it or the typeface and colors used. Before this I might consider what a lot of these artists do sac religious. I looked at a lot of different things and while I now have a broader understanding of book art, I still have a pretty traditional approach to book art. Which is why I was happy to find an artist like Erika Adams.
Erika Adams is based in Jamaica Plain, MA who holds degrees from UC Santa Cruz and the University of New Mexico. She has had exhibits all over the country featuring her unique approach to bookmaking. The first piece of hers that really stood out to me was her series called ‘Conversations’, http://www.erikaadams.com/dialogue.html. In these pieces, Adams draws groups of birds and then assigns them dialogue bubbles. She says she was inspired by the text bubbles used in smartphones.
Adams makes a wonderful statement combing the way animals naturally socialize and communicate with today’s, arguably, most popular mode of communication.
This is just one piece out of many where Erika Adams challenges common conceptions about books without alienating the more traditional minded reader.