R.A.D (Read and Destroy)
StolenSpace curated a show to celebrate the art of the â€˜book coverâ€™ asking artist to create a cover for a book which had been â€˜inspirationalâ€™ to them or create their own fictional book title, as the show was in association with Penguin books, who Iâ€™d already created a cover for their â€˜Penguin Classicsâ€™ series, I really wanted to push the notion of the â€˜book coverâ€™ and its relation to my work. I was struggling with what book had been influential to me, so I browsed the local flea market for inspiration, whilst look at a book stool I thought about the sheer volume of covers that had been created and how theyâ€™re often read and then pulped/destroyed. I stumbled upon an old copy of Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, a book I loved as a teenager, the notion of censorship in the not to distant future, gone crazy, where books can no longer be read, not only because they might offend someone, but because books raise â€˜questionsâ€™ that often lead to anarchy and are the cause of unhappiness and disruption, so â€˜Firemenâ€™ are deployed to burn books, to erase their existence.
I took this idea ofÂ the destruction of books, interlaced with my previous â€˜stripedâ€™ body of work, I brought flea market and charity shop books, dissected them, chopping them up, removing elements, changing the contexts, creating new ones, making new titles from old, distorting the previous meaning by intersecting it with a different segment or slice of fiction.