The Library People

I wonder about the secret lives of books. I am especially drawn to old, discarded library books. I wonder where they have been, who checked them out, and who read them. I think about the memories that become in some way attached to the books; memories of previous borrowers seem very real to me. 

I believe that is why these books lend themselves so perfectly to portraits. I think about these portraits not as pencil applied to the paper, but more as an image of someone pulled up from deep inside the page. 

I like to utilize whatever is there in the book: book plates, discard stamps, date due slips and tape stains. The genuineness of using something very real and original makes these pieces unique.

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Library People #148

Graphite drawing of a man in profile on the inside cover of a book discarded from Los Gatos High School.

 

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Library People #149

Graphite drawing of a man on the inside cover of a book discarded from the Goodall Library at the University of Massachusetts.

 

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Library People #134

Graphite drawing of a man in profile on the inside cover of a book discarded from College Park Baptist Church, stained by the previous use of tape to affix a dust cover.