"In Memory of a Book" Installation
I present these books in memory of their life cycle. Through the imagination of an author they began. Forged from trees that had a life of their own, the words came to life on paper. At the library they sat and many read their stories. Whether loved too much or not enough, they were discarded. I transformed them again to share another message. As I punched out leaves from the pages, I was reminded of their origin. I mourn the loss of these books because I have not enjoyed them myself. They can no longer be read entirely, but experience ephemerally through my installation. Eventually these books will return to the land and the cycle of inspiration, to physical object, to viewer will continue.
Kristen Powell is a born and raised Calgarian artist with over four years of experience working in a variety of media and specializing in sculpture. She graduated from the University of Calgary with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Studies. She has a passion for sculpting with wood, plaster and digital methods such as CNC. She also enjoys creating in acrylic and gauche. Currently her work explores how people communicate and connect with each other and their environment. She is inspired by nature, the contrast between the natural and urban, brain psychology and physiology and human communication. These themes are evident in both her 2d and sculptural work. Her artistic influences include Gustav Klimt, Louise Bourgeois and Damien Hirst. She has exhibited her work in both solo and group shows and recently had her work acquired by the Alberta Children’s Hospital in their permanent collection. Kristen aspires to be an art teacher in the near future to inspire and shape the artists of the future.
-Anything by Jodi Picoult
--The Solitaire Mystery by Jostein Gaarder.