Authors of sculptures and installations working with books have long been accustomed to the fact that when they see their works the audience is divided into two opposing camps. Some admire the “degeneration” of books and are pleased to consider their new application. Others deny “book art” as such, considering that literature is created in order to read it – and only. But, despite such an ambiguous attitude towards him, book art continues to live. And the work of Jacqueline Rush Lee is a vivid confirmation of this.
For about twelve years Jacqueline has been attracted to the intimate, tactile and symbolic qualities of old books. She is interested in the meaning and history of the life of each book, as well as their ability to be potential means of expressiveness. “Working with books like canvases or building bricks, I turn them into sculptures that change and revise the usual perception of books. Encoding the formal meaning of books and changing their material and conceptual qualities, I strive to create evocative artistic forms that offer alternative meanings, “says Jacqueline Rush Lee.
The author says that choosing books as a material for her work, she pays attention not primarily to the content of publications, but to the history of their relationship with the reader. In this sense, Jacqueline’s new books are of little interest. And in the editions visited by the lovers of reading, the author always pays attention to the notes, bookmarks and other signs of “communication” of the reader with the book left on the margins, and in his sculptures, he always tries to emphasize these moments and draw the attention of the viewer to them.
Books that have passed through the studio of Jacqueline Rush Lee are already impossible to read. However, having lost their original content, they at the same time become sources for new stories. These stories are different every day because every spectator creates them for himself. In any case, Jacqueline is absolutely sure of this.