The Outsider, 2018
Acrylic on repurposed on book
8 3/4 x 12 in.
Mary Jean Canziani
November 18. 2018–January 20, 2019
With technology, a new way of life has emerged at an astonishing speed. While many remarkable improvements are taking place, I feel we are plowing full speed ahead without considering what is at risk of being lost. Are we evolved enough to manage our own creations? In my current series, I use books to symbolize the change occurring in the world today. To many, books are sacred and evoke a warm, nostalgic feeling – a reminder of things past. Using them as a ‘canvas’ is a form of desecration intended to bring awareness to their value as well as the value of many other cherished things now in danger of disappearing.
I prefer using vintage books because their linen covers mimic fine canvas and provide an ideal surface for paint. Also, creating art with repurposed materials addresses the issue of sustainability. In most cases, my ideas are driven by the books’ titles. They allow me to comment on many social issues while engaging in wordplay and dark humor.—Mary Jean Canviani