Monday, 22 June 2009

Lucy May Schofield

Bibliotherapy Artist’s Book Library (BABL).

Inspired by an unrelenting desire to make coupled with a passion for the written word, I make objects that house narratives which may otherwise go untold, often manifesting in an installation, multiple or artist’s book. These works generate a dialogue, and create a space in which there is time enough to read, enquire and reflect. While learning the techniques of bookbinding, I discovered the pleasures of printing, the delight in self-publishing, the satisfaction and accessibility of communicating by means of the book. Themes explored in recent works include fecundity and dolls houses, lost love and redundant underwear, rural survival and liberation, salvaged diaries and dementia, solitude and beards, proverbs and heirlooms. Having published over 25 limited editions over the past seven years, my work is collected and held in several major collections in the UK and abroad. Artist multiples are stocked in London, Paris and Los Angeles. Recent commissions include site-specific window installations for ‘Couverture’ London, the Whitstable Biennale, and recent residencies at The V&A Museum of Childhood and Manchester Metropolitan University.

From my studio, I lecture, run workshops, co-curate the International touring exhibition ‘Sitting Room’, help co-ordinate the annual Manchester Artists’ Book Fair and exhibit widely with ‘Righton Press’.

Bibliotherapy Artist’s Book Library (BABL)

Whatever your symptoms, I will diagnose an artist’s book to help you find a way through your woes, or at least distract you from your plight for 10 minutes. Clients are invited to relax in the ‘reading chair’, tell me their needs/anxieties/dreams/desires, while I select an appropriate artist’s publication where solace can be found.

Are you broken hearted/tired of the commuter train/Do you want to make better use of the city/grow a beard but worry what kind/miss birdsong/need to find inspiration/want a good marmalade recipe/need your faith restoring in the postal system/benefit from hearing a fairytale/need reminding of reasons to get up in the morning?

The Bibliotherapy Artist’s Book Library can help. There’s a wide selection of books on loan ranging in theme, format, humour, beauty, insight, and degree of professionalism from well known to not-known artists. The fee for this service will be one British pound, (the same as joining Manchester City Library), which will entitle the client to life-long membership of BABL and a pristine library card to be presented at future loaning performances. Some works will be available to buy, though all are available to digest in the designated silent study area.

+44(0)7775 762230
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