by Robyn P. Yager
Book sculptures by 25 year-old artist Jodi Harvey-Brown.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been making art. When I was eight, my Grandfather gave me a set of artist’s pencils. That was the beginning of my obsession with art. I haven’t stopped since.
I grew up in a small town in South Eastern PA. After High School I studied art at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. It was there that I discovered a love for 3D media.
I have always enjoyed reading. Books pull you into a new world. Art lets you see that world. It made sense to me that these two mediums should come together. The books that we love to read should be made to come to life. Characters, that we care so much for, should come out of the pages to show us their stories. What we see in our imaginations as we read should be there for the world to see. My book sculptures are my way of making stories come to life.
When we think of books, we think of the pages and the words, but sometimes it’s hard to see the book – the actual THING – as a thing of art and beauty. Jodi takes an everyday object that we see as something to be specifically read and thrown in our bags for later reading and turns the item itself into a spectacular work of art.