I use hand-made and altered books to impart information without the use of words or images; the books themselves are the idea, the shape of the paper the information. The Ripples series started with a love of the flip-book with the difference that instead of flipping the pages to view the movie, the blank spaces around the moving object were cut away so the entire “movie” could be seen when the cover of the book was open.
The pieces depict water, water structures and the effect of both on other things.
These forms are conveyed by selecting the number and size of the volumes, by how the filaments are employed, and where and what, if anything, happens inside the assembled mass. Frequently there are voids created within the stack of books and these may be viewed, with varying degrees of clarity, with the use of a mirror reflecting the light back to the viewer. Other times the interior is so filled, or the opening is too small to view what is occuring, so that only by lifting blocks of pages can the interior be seen; just as not all sources or ends of water systems are always readily visible.
The most recent pieces are building on the ability to make very structures comprised of many dozens of volumes. There are plans for pieces that will eventually incorporate many hundreds, even thousands of volumes to depict such water shapes as a tsunami, or a storm front, or a hurricane, all made of altered books and added paper, suspended from the ceiling or mounted on the wall.