Libri d’artista, 1982 – oggi

Libro d’artista – Artists’ Books

Fernanda Fedi

She has been working about artists books since 1974, the year where she realized her first artist book ‘Silence’.

That’s what she thinks about artist ‘s book s ‘It’s the quality of the artist that makes the artist’s book. It’s the artist who avails herself of every kind of material at her disposal in order to shape it according to her idea, her interpretation, her thoughts. It’s the artist who hammers and creates the book without having to get help from others for its accomplishment: however, the artist’s book is essentially a book in one single copy or in a few copies which has been conceived, imagined, hammered by the artist’

Words, signs, and calligraphy are expression of an interior world often associated with music, poetry, and archaic languages of the imagination. I have been working with the idea of signs and writing since 1980. A repeated sign can be an obsession – a symptom of a neurosis changed into a poetic vibration.

In the artist’s book, I justaxpose signs with music, poetry, and language. The work holds my own subconscious vibrations, which are a mixture of thouthts, sensitivity, awareness of the void, and an inexplicable something else. When I study it, I see things of which I was not aware when I was painting. But when I look again I see things there, in my endless book. ( Fernanda Fedi ‘The Book as Art – Artists’ Books from the National Museum of Women in the Arts’, Washington USA, 2007)

Numerosissime le presenze a mostre sul libro d’artista in Italia e all’estero. È stata invitata a partire dal 2002 a tutte le Biennali del Libro d’Artista alla Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alessandria Egitto e nel 2010 ne è stata( con Gino Gini) co-curatrice internazionale. Presente in Musei e Biblioteche internazionali tra cui la Tate Library Londra, MART di Rovereto (collezione Bentivoglio), Biblioteca Centrale di Firenze,… Nel 1983 fonda con Gino Ginil’Archivio Libri d’artista di Milano/Artists’ Books Archive Milan con lo scopo di diffondere e divulgare la conoscenza di questo ‘media.

Washington Museum of Women in the Arts, al MAGA di Gallarate, al King St.Stephen Museum, Ungheria, a Sheffield, U.K….

Nel 1983 fonda con Gino Gini l’Archivio Libri d’artista di Milano/Artists’ Books Archive Milan con lo scopo di diffondere e divulgare la conoscenza di questo media.

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