Reading the Absent Space

Nise McCulloch will be exhibiting at the Artist’s Book Fair on 5th October.

How did you become involved in artist’s books?
By accident really. Books and literature have always been central to my career & voluntary work. I was working on a writing project exploring destruction in literature which turned into a wider, interdisciplinary artistic venture producing a body of work in response to an enquiry of narrative erasure.

What is the focus of your practice?
Using broken books and abandoned ephemera, my projects simultaneously engage with the thematic ideas within the book’s narrative, whilst exploring the destruction of the book as a
material object; the aims of which are: to question whether creation is heightened through
destruction, to examine the absent space left by the ruin, and to identify how that space
may be negotiated by a reader. Is the semantic content still able to be translated in the
space left behind?

What are you working on at the moment?
Currently, I am investigating cardiogram data to work into a visual poetry project that
connects both science and art.

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