The Book as Art: Interpretations

March 9 – April 4, 2020
First Floor Hallway Gallery

CBBAG Exhibition Poster
CBBAG The Book as Art: Interpretations, March 9 – April 4, 2020

Opening Reception with light refreshments: March 12, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
First Floor Hallway Gallery

Join members of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild for a group show that celebrates the book
as art in its many forms, as envisioned by Jenny Iserman, Liz Menard, Maureen Piggins, Christine Su, and members
of the Southwestern Ontario CBBAG Chapter. The exhibition is running concurrently with CBBAG’s Art of the Book 2018 at Craft Ontario.

Jenny Iserman’s formal education is in the arts and social sciences. She lives in Walkerton, Ontario. She has been exhibiting quilts, book art and mixed media work since 1981. Some of her work includes text written by her husband, Bruce Iserman. Jenny’s book art is currently included in the Art of the Book 2018, a juried travelling exhibition of work by members of the Canadian Book Binders and Book Artists Guild. Her book art has been previously shown at Quest Art, Durham Art Gallery, Minto-Harriston Gallery, Orillia Museum of Art and History, and at the Southampton Arts Society, where she has received awards for her book art and for printmaking. She is a past recipient of an Ontario Arts Council craft creation and development grant. Much of her work examines social and environmental issues, but Jenny is also exploring aspects of her imagined Small Universe in her recent book and textile art. Jenny has a limited social media presence but occasionally posts on Instagram as Iserwoman.

Liz Menard is a Toronto-based printmaker, visual artist, and educator. Her practice includes drawing, painting, installation, book arts and printmaking. Her interest is in landscape and how our perception of the landscape helps us define who we think we are. She is particularly drawn to water – especially fens, bogs, streams, rivers and lakes as well as the life these systems support. However, she is increasingly concerned about not only our water but environmental biodiversity and the native plant species and wildlife that our water systems sustain. Like our environment, these things need to be cared for, protected, and nurtured.

Maureen Piggins is a Toronto-based artist and designer. Through a range of artist books, grief, loss and relationships are rewritten, re-envisioned and restructured through the evolving lens of memory, itself an unreliable narrator. Works that examine origins and endings are also explored, in a collection that portrays the inner territory of emotion as well as the quieter landscape of acceptance. Maureen’s artist books, visual art and poetry have been exhibited internationally and are held in collections including the MOMA permanent collection (NY), Labyrint Archive (Sweden), Salon fuer Kunstbuch (Vienna), York University (Toronto) and University of Alberta Bruce Peel Special Collections Library. The desire to explore thematic relationships through content and structure drew her to start making artist books in 2009. Her books range from multi-page accordion books to unique structural pieces and incorporate her original drawing, painting, photography and poetry. Her poems have been published by both gallery and online publications and she holds a BFA in Fine Art, Drawing and Painting from OCAD University.

Christine Su is a paper and book artist and poet. She hopes one day to have a papercut book of poetry be featured in the Osborne Collection at the Toronto Public Library, where she works. | Instagram: @su.christine