The opportunity to participate in the Brooklyn Sketchbook Project came to me by way of the Education Committee of the Providence Art Club. It seemed like an interesting venture to be part of a crowd-sourced library that features over 46,971 artists’ books contributed by creative people from 135+ countries. The Brooklyn Art Library is a storefront exhibition space in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY where The Sketchbook Project collection is on view to the public. There is also a mobile library that travels the country and many of the books have been digitized for view online (Mine will be digitized in the Spring of 2020).
It was a challenge to think about how I would approach this project and how I would pull it off. The Art Club asked all those participating to also create a book that would remain resident in Providence, that book has even more pages!
Ultimately, I chose a topic near and dear to me … local sanctuaries, tracts of land that are still virgin … fields, wood, ponds, marshes and even an in-town street with modest single family homes.
My Sketchbooks for the 2019 Brooklyn Sketchbook Project AND the Providence Art Club Sketchbook are collaged collections of images depicting sanctuaries in our local landscapes that continue to disappear due to development. Pages identify recycled materials that were used to create the mixed media landscape images featured.
The books are titled “Touchy-Feely”, because they welcome your touch and the goal is to encourage a feeling of gratitude for the beauty that surrounds us. My simple message is … enjoy the views before they are gone.
Photos courtesy of Ken Salome Photography.