Artist Books

March 2017
Lines of Flight
Published as part of the AMBruno project [sic]: Launched at the PAGES Leeds International Contemporary Artist Book fair

I frequently use rhizomatic frameworks as both method and metaphor for my making and thinking processes. The rhizome can be seen as a tangle of networks whose anatomy has multiple entry points and connections which are reformed with every reading. Nothing is fixed or hierarchical. Everything is transitional and has the potential to be reconfigured, or continually reworked and rethought. This is in opposition to books which generally assume a linear sequence, whose structure is both fixed and laid out in a singular direction. The premise of this work is to explore ways of forcing these two contradictory systems together.

A rhizomatic drawing using text and image has been produced, which has been physically fragmented, scanned, and thrust into the paginated structure of a book. Once printed the book surface has been further drawn into, keeping the work developing in a way that suggests the provisional nature of the process. There remains room for future reconstructions.

March 2016
Reading Words 
Published as part of the AMBruno project words: Launched at the PAGES Leeds International Contemporary Artist Book fair

Reading has the potential to be an immersive experience, yet at other times distractions take over. External stimuli provide stumbling blocks to absorption in the words and narrative. Each page is crowded with words, and despite its linear structure, the eye often skitters across the page, drawn to specific words or phrases that leap out from the plane of text. The same passage is read over and over, as an internal dialogue takes over from the text. In The Rustle of Language Roland Barthes explores the experience of looking up from a book while reading, as language is constructed in the mind of the reader. He writes: 
Has it never happened, as you were reading a book, that you kept stopping as you read, not because you weren't interested, but because you were: because of a ow of ideas, stimuli, associations? In a word, haven't you ever happened to read while looking up from your book? 
Reading Words is a material exploration of the thought processes that occur simultaneously while reading. The artist takes Jean-Paul Sartre’s book Words as reading material and interrupts the ow of the narrative with thoughts and distractions that respond to fragments of the original text. 

October 2015
On Reading and Not Reading 
Published as part of The Editions II part of Sharon Kivland’s Good Reader project: launched the London Artist Book Fair at the Whitechapel

The act of reading involves the selection of a book. Time spent in the library follows, at which point distractions begin to creep in. Good intentions are sullied. Focus gives way to digression. Found bookmarks and scribbled marginalia propose focal points in the chosen books. Following the evidence left by others, these focal points begin to connect. Detours are formed, opening alternative paths through the reading.  Existing narratives are resisted.  New constructions take shape. 

This volume is a collection of photographs and drawings produced while engaged in the process of reading (and not reading). The distractions encountered provide a more speculative and less linear way of encountering books.

March 2015 
Drawing out Language: Library Collection 
The pages of this book contain photographs which document my reading path through the library; following only the traces left by others. The found bookmarks and discarded post-it notes guide my reading and leave the only clues as to the information gathered in this intervention. 

March 2015
Backspace: cmd x – delete
Published as part Sharon Kivland’s The Editions project: launched at the PAGES Leeds International Contemporary Artist Book fair

This book contains a handwritten record of deleted words, from all digital devices used by the artist, over the period of a month. Fragments from work documents collide with personal communication and phd research, truncating narrative and materialising the erased.

March 2014
Library Interventions: Sharon Kivland
Rachel Smith: Library Intervention

This book was the product of the Library Intervention project proposed by Sharon Kivland, as part of the Leeds College of Art Library Interventions Projects in 2014.

This book evidences the process undertaken having proposed to read books on postcards as a willing agent of SK. There is more looking and thinking about the process of reading than actual engagement in any normal sense, as knowledge is proposed in terms of what is not known according to the principle of an anti-library, a term used by Nassim Taleb in his book The Black Swan.

Contemplating the Process 

I sit and stare at the wall
I consider while in conversation
I stand, lost in thought at the bus stop
I speculate at the coffee machine
I sit in front of the television and ponder
I wonder while walking the dogs
I watch the hands on the clock
I weigh up ideas
I walk round the shops and visualize
I procrastinate
I zone out while sharpening a pencil
I cook tea and mull over ideas
I lie awake turning things over in my mind I drink coffee and imagine research
I dwell on decisions made