HW#2-Kevin Walls

Kevin Walls – The piece titled Bark first pulled me to her work. I think the image looks soft, but you know that this book is constructed from tree bark, which is hard, yet is interconnected with the construction of the paper found in traditional books. The contradiction take my mind for a ride. All of Susan Porteous’ work is linked to books, but includes found objects and increased scales. She uses a broad variety of materials and processes, challenging the original content and changing the published form. Susan says that her work often plays on the different interpretations of language and investigates the oddities of English speech. She has a diverse range of objects in her collection, from prints and books, to installational pieces and sculptures. Susan received an MFA from California State University, Long Beach in 2008, and has exhibited work regularly throughout America and in Europe. I found her work by scanning images of book art until I saw something out of place. The other pieces I saw all had a thematic link, but I found that Susan’s work stood out because of the size of the two pieces displayed below:

Her work was recently included the publications; 500 Handmade Books and Playing with Books.


Descriptions of work are from Susan Porteous’ website


Bark was made from pieces of bark that had fallen from a tree. Each piece contains an abstract close up of a part of a dog drawing attention to the double meaning of the word bark.

Aircraft consists of one hundred and twenty-four different paper airplanes made from the pages of William Green’s Observer’s Book of Aircraft. Displayed in the style of a butterfly collection each is attached to the wall with insect pins in a grid formation, which also echoes the proportions of a page of text.

Encyclopedic is made from an entire set of encyclopedia bound into a single meandering form. These are sensual objects no longer meant to be read from cover to cover but seen as an immediate and cohesive whole.

All Fifty-two Cards is the second in a series of bridge-like structures formed from rebinding found books containing instructions on how to play the card game bridge. This resulting bridge book spans the gap between two rusted steel I-beams placed on end, giving it an industrial feel despite its handmade production.


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