Valerie Savarie: Altered Book Sculpture
White Bird Gallery, Cannon Beach, OR - Nov 2, 2019 – Jan 6, 2020
Colorado-based artist Valerie Savarie cuts, carves and stitches books into new forms, adding character and suggesting new stories. Rather like James Allen of Portland, she cuts into the text, revealing fresh patterns and forms. Beautiful faces, angels, demons, birds – all leap from the text amid its destruction, hinting at both a preliterate and a postliterate world. Each piece hangs on the wall in basic book form, like a painting, but transformed into a sculpture. You can’t do this with a Kindle.