Crystallized books

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Artist Alexis Arnold bends books at their spines, crumples them, and rolls them around in a Borax solution that causes them to be encrusted with tiny crystals.

“The Crystallized Book Series addresses the materiality of the book versus the text or content of the book, in addition to commenting on the vulnerability of the printed book,” she explains. “The books, frozen with crystal growth, have become artifacts or geologic specimens imbued with the history of time, use, and nostalgia.

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Alexis says this series was inspired by “repeatedly finding boxes of discarded books, by the onset of e-books, and by the shuttering of bookstores. ”

More: alexisarnold.com

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