A Book about Heart by Tijana Djordjevic
Ceramics, First-Year Graduate Student
Treating the heart as a symbol, this book is made as a box
for two heart-shaped ceramic bowls. The pages are made with heart-like
cutouts into which the bowls fit when closed, and that also serve as decorative
elements repeating the theme. The book is made of four-ply two-colored
illustration board and adhesive-bound together with the covers. Covers
include a clasp which securely holds the book shut to prevent the bowls
from falling out. This book incorporates three-dimensional objects, in
this case ceramic bowls. It functions as a box and at the same time as
a book about a heart.
This work was inspired structurally by Tatana Kellner's work 71125,
Fifty Years of Silence: Eva Kellner's Story, and Thorsten Dennerline's
(MFA, 1997) Lille Fedtøre/Little Airhead. Both of these
incorporate sculptural elements into the structure of the book. In Kellner's
case it is a papier-mâché cast of her mother's arm, and in
Dennerline's case, a resin cast of an ear.
71125, Fifty Years of Silence: Eva Kellner's Story
by Tana Kellner
One of two volumes preserving the author's parent's memory
of internment in several concentration and extermination camps during
World War II. Handwritten Czech text, transcribed into English by the
author, is printed over contemporary and historical photographic images
from concentration camps. The original manuscript is reproduced on transparent
interleaved pages. Family photographs provide a poignant contrast to these
horrific accounts. Die cut pages fall around a flesh colored, handmade
paper cast of Eva Kellner's forearm, tattooed with its ineradicable number.
Tijana Djordjevic is from Beograd, Serbia, and is currently
enrolled in the graduate ceramics program in the College of Visual and
Performing Arts. She enjoys making artists' books and is interested in
developing them as way to further show her work. Her Website is at <http://www.eklektika.co.yu/tijana/aboutme.htm>.