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TEXTUS-TEXTS-TEXTILES: FABRIC BOOKWORKS BY LISE MELHORN-BOE

May 6 @ 8:30 am - September 9 @ 4:30 pm

TEXTUS-TEXTS-TEXTILES: FABRIC BOOKWORKS BY LISE MELHORN-BOE
May 6 to September 9, 2022
W.D. Jordan Rare Books & Special Collections, Douglas Library, Queen’s University

This exhibition explores the relationship between texts and textiles, through a feminist lens, via the fabric bookworks of Kingston artist, Lise Melhorn-Boe, supplemented by books as cultural texts and technological artifacts from the collections of W.D Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections at Queen’s University Library.

The sewn bookworks of Lise Melhorn-Boe encapsulate the relationship between tangible objects and the written word through the medium of book art. Melhorn-Boe has been making books as a medium of art for more than forty years, drawing from women’s experiences in the political and personal spheres with humour and a light-hearted visual aesthetic to explore more serious feminist and environmental issues. The bookworks featured in this exhibition were inspired by the poetry of Lorna Crozier, Terry Ann Carter, Hazel Hall, Alice Moore Dunbar-Nelson, Diane Dawber, Alexandra Cussons, and Bronwen Wallace. In imagining and crafting material representations of feminist poetry, Melhorn-Boe reminds us that handmade books, in their plethora of forms, are vessels of humanized content.

A limited number of print catalogues of the exhibition are available, and a corresponding virtual exhibition is online at https://piercecanadiana.omeka.net/exhibits/show/textus-texts-textiles

Curated by: Brendan Edwards (Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections at Queen’s University Library) and Ella Heiss (undergraduate student in HIST212, Experiential Learning in Historical Perspectives, Queen’s University)

W.D. Jordan Rare Books & Special Collections is located on the 2nd Floor of the Douglas Library, Queen’s University, 93 University Avenue, Kingston, Ontario.
Open Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm

More information about W.D. Jordan Rare Books & Special Collections:
https://library.queensu.ca/locations/wd-jordan-rare-books-special-collections

Instagram: @jordan_library / Call: 613-533-2839 / Email: [email protected]

More information about the artist, Lise Melhorn-Boe: https://lisemelhornboe.ca

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