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The Bookworm by Kathy Clare Harris


Mixed-media sculpture on Furniture, Subject: Landscapes, sea and sky, Illustrative style, One of a kind artwork, Signed on the back, Ready to hang, Size: 15 x 20 x 10 cm / 15 x 20 cm (actual image size), Materials: antique box, mixed media






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Getting ready for the Master course I was studding a paper on a talk by Walter Benjaminƒ??s called ƒ??Unpacking My Libraryƒ?. He talks about different types book lovers! Or book collectors. On his final paragraph he gives full credit to the ƒ??bookwormƒ?. The real collector of books! ƒ??The collector as he ought to be- ownership is the most intimate relationship that one can have to objects. Not that they come alive in him; it is he who lives in them. So, I have erected one of his dwellings, with books as the building stones, before you, and now he is going to disappear inside, as is only fitting.” So, this piece is a tribute to the real lover of books ƒ??the bookwormƒ? I have written a little poem around Walter Benjaminƒ??s words. Oh, how I envy thee Inside thy building of orderly books Disappearing amid the leaves of wisdom So comfortable, on thy throne of words That feed the wandering mind This is a old antique clock box that lends itself to a little story. It is solid and beautifully and I have kept all its original surface and colour. I engraved the roof above with the poem, so it belongs with it forever.