It’s interesting to note the rise of book- and text-related art taking place during the unfortunate decline of book printing and publishing. As one who has designed many a book, I am very aware of this phenomenon. For the most part, these works seem to be paying homage to books, literature, text, typography, and bookbinding. A repurposing of the objects while highlighting their beauty.
Icelandic artist Ragnhildur Jóhanns is one of these artist. Based in Reykyavik, this young visual and performance artist works books and poetry into most of her work. From text collages to sculptural pieces and performance works that include readings, Jóhanns takes the already beautiful books and makes interesting and beautiful artworks by painstakingly cutting strips of text and extending them past the book pages, or conversely, creating gaps and indents in the pages with the cutouts. The names of two of these series of works are Sculptural Poems and Visual Poetry.
AND if these artworks aren’t quirky enough for you, she’s also one of the Weird Girls from The Weird Girls Project!