The Role of a Book about Books

By Blanca Rosa Pastor Cubillo.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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When books end their lives in a library, they are normally destroyed. However, they can extend their lives if they fall into the hands of a group of artists who see them from another point of view. The actions that artists develop with their artistic vision can create effects that transcend the book and can turn it into a work of art. Therefore, the books saved from destruction become part of sensitive artistic proposals that convert them into a means of artistic expression that goes beyond their first existential purpose to propose new languages, new visual forms, and new actions which are born from handling objectual entities. Once the new books are made, which can now be called "artist's books,” they offer new ways of communication and sensitive exchange between the author and the spectator-reader that participates in the manifestation of their new life and develops various ways of reading. All this can be collected in a different book that maintains the experience in the memory and opens the way to new forms of artistic relationship.

Keywords: Library, Purified Book, Artistic See, Saved Books, New Visual Manners, Manipulation, Sensitive

The International Journal of the Book, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp.67-72. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 273.887KB).

Dr. Blanca Rosa Pastor Cubillo

Professor, Drawing Department, Universitat Politècnica de València, Valencia, Spain

Dr. Blanca Rosa Pastor Cubillo is a professor in the Drawing Department of the Polytechnic University of València (UPV) in the engraving area, and operates mainly in the field of woodcut. She is the author of several artist’s books. She belongs to the Art and Environment Research Center of the same university, focusing primarily on the graph as a means of intervention. She has written: "Reflexiones en torno al libro concebido como objeto artístico" in Sin pies ni cabeza.10 años de libros (2006); " El cuero como soporte de grabado I y II" in Grabado y Edición Magazine, written with Oscar Martínez García (2007); "Possibilities of the book as an artistic practice. Some tools for thought" article in Sobre libros (2009); "The importance of drawing" in the book Joanna Quinn. Art versus Animació (2010). She currently directs the Masters in Art Therapy program. She has educational, social, and therapeutic experience of creating art as accompanied, currently own.


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