Lanxuan Liu, “Intertwined No.2”

Lanxuan Liu
Chicago, IL

Intertwined No.2
handmade abaca paper, hair
24″ x 36″ x 1″ (when open), 24″ x 18″ (when closed)

Artist Statement

Intertwined No.2 is an edition of artist’s books that challenges the conventional way of reading by reformulating the book as a metaphor and extension of the human body. Each sheet of paper is handmade using Abaca pulp and inlaid with human hair that symbolizes layers of skins. The action of navigating through this book becomes an uncanny investigation of the body that reveals the vulnerable and the private. These artist’s books materialize the tactility of a book and highlight reading as a physical act of touch while revealing the layers within a body. The action of reading becomes a performative navigation between the reader and the book.