Kerry Miller, based in Oxfordshire, UK. Book artist specialisng in carved 3D books. Art lover, particularly the quirky, the unusual or just the plain eccentric.
After many years of working with collage and mixed media, British artist Kerry Miller began exploring ways in which she could make use of old, discarded books. She experimented with dissecting and rebuilding them to produce the unique assemblages in her ‘reimagining the book’ series.
For each piece she works on, Kerry uses only the illustrations found within that particular book, having first removed the written word. Colour is added using inks or watercolors where she considers that they will enrich and enhance the final effect, adding a sense of depth and energy.
These intricately worked 3D books provide tantalizing glimpses into a rich past, becoming miniature worlds that allow the viewer to simply tumble into them.
The books Kerry uses are variously sourced and carefully selected for their illustrations and character, whilst taking into account her perception of how the finished piece will look. She uses only old books as they lend themselves to this treatment in a way that modern books do not.
Kerry views her work as a collaboration, a partnership with the past, giving new purpose to old books that may otherwise never see the light of day or simply end up in recycling.