It’s All About Books

Exhibition for The Cregan Library, St. Patricks Campus, DCU, 2019

This exhibition looks at the role of books in our culture: the book as artefact, object, document, resource, entertainment, concept etc. The works engage with the materiality of books, also with aspects of their history and future in a technology driven world. In Black Book, text and margins are inked to total blackness, while Unwritten offers a shelf of white blanks. Works such as; Ghost, The Life and Death of the Author, Murder Mystery, explore points of intersection between writer and reader, reader and fellow reader. Staging the exhibition in a library created a parallel context for the works. Included were; seven pieces presented on plinths, a moving image dialogue shown on an IPad, a transparent work in a light box, and an opening night performance which transformed into an installation for the duration of the exhibition.

hanging book-falling words-Roland Barthes-demoted authors

The Life and Death of the Author

prepared book with noose cable, 2019
contemporary book art-black ink saturated book-text obliterated to nothingness

Black Book

book saturated with black ink, 2019
ghost writing-ghostly pages-book without substance


book of transparent blank acetate pages, 2019
book art-book made of mirrors

Book of Mirrors

mirror and mirror foil, 2019
nature words deleted-junior dictionary-book art

New Words for Old

prepared cover, based on 2012 Oxford Junior Dictionary, 2019
who done it-book art-murder mystery-Agatha Christie

Murder Mystery

prepared book, 2019
shelf of blank books-unwritten books


a shelf of blank books, 2019
clear perspex book cover-shredded book pages inside


shredded book in perspex casing, 2019
Ulysses Bolted-first edition replica-bolted at 4 corners

Ulysses Bolted

prepared book, two views, 2019

A Conversation Between You and Me – Real Books in a Virtual World

moving image displayed on an electronic device, 01.56 mins, 2019
performance art-young man reads blank book-wearing James Joyce 'Dubliners' printed shirt.


Performance still, 2019
art installation-open blank books-James Joyce shirt


Post performance installation
text printed shirt-James Joyce-Dubliners


installation detail, printed shirt – text from ‘Dubliners’ by James Joyce
printed bag-Oliver Byrne-Elements of Euclid-geometry


installation detail, printed bag– title page from 'The Elements of Euclid' by Oliver Byrne