Book Arts

Sarah Bodman

Sarah Bodman

Sarah is Senior Research Fellow for Artists’ Books at the Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR), where she runs projects investigating and promoting contemporary book arts. She is also Programme Leader for MA Multidisciplinary Printmaking at the Bower Ashton Campus.

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Sarah is the editor of the Artist’s Book Yearbook a biennial reference publication on contemporary book arts, published here by Impact Press. She is also the editor of the Book Arts Newsletter and The Blue Notebook journal for artists’ books. Sarah also writes a regular news column on artists’ books for ARLISmatters and a-n, and an artists’ books column for the journal Printmaking Today.

Sarah is the author of Creating Artists’ Books(a handbook for A&C Black, UK and Watson-Guptill, New York, USA (ISBN 978-0-7136-6509-3). Sarah also works with other institutions nationally and internationally, with the ABPP Artists’ Books Partnership-exhibition Programme which loans books from her CFPR collection to universities, collections, schools, societies, galleries, libraries and bookshops around the world. This programme runs on a rolling basis, with free loans of books to set up exhibitions, workshops, study groups or displays that promote the subject to a wider community. Some example loans include: art+power; Horfield Prison art workshops; LCBA workshops; Federation University, Ballarat, Australia; DIY Cultures, London, and the International Association Kniga Khudozhnika, Moscow.

Sarah’s own artists’ books include Flowers in Hotel Rooms Volumes I-V, an ongoing series of books inspired by Richard Brautigan’s novel The Abortion; Do Not Enter, unique pulp/screenprinted book for Tim Mosely’s Codex Event 8, Brisbane, Australia, in the collection of Librorum Apud Artificem library for the artist’s book, Sydney, Australia; Dead Search for the exhibition Lessons in History Vol. II – Democracy at grahame galleries + editions, Brisbane, Australia, November 2012, and Why Say it Again? commissioned for Di Carta/Papermade, International biennial exhibition, curated by Valeria Bertesina, Palazzo Fogazzaro, Schio (VI), Italy 2013 – 2014. Recent works include GIFT: I Made This For You, 2016 and Read To Me, 2018, which is currently touring the UK and USA until December 2019.

Sarah has been collaborating with the poet and artist Nancy Campbell, on an annual video and book production for World Book Night since 2010. Each event is in tribute to a particular novel. Their first collaboration was commissioned as part of the University of Dundee’s AHRC funded project, Poetry Beyond Text: Vision, Text and Cognition, for which they produced Dinner and A Rose for Patricia Highsmith’s Ripley series. Since then they have made an annual collaborative book and video, inviting artists, writers, musicians to join them on World Book Night. These include TOAST: A Night on Weevil Lake, 2011, in tribute to Douglas Coupland’s novel The Gum Thief; The Secrets of Metahemeralism 2012, in tribute to The Secret History by Donna Tartt; Some Small, Good Things 2013 in tribute to Raymond Carver’s A Small, Good Thing; Post Office in tribute to Charles Bukowski in 2014, Shine On for Stephen King’s The Shining in 2015, Serena Joy 2016, for Margaret Atwood’s novel The Handmaid’s Tale; BOOK ISH NESS in 2017, and Their Eyes Were Watching God in tribute to China Miéville, 2018.

Sarah’s artists’ books have been featured in publications including: 1000 Artists’ Books: Exploring the Book as Art, Sandra Salamoney with Peter & Donna Thomas, Quarry Books, Beverly, MA, USA, 2012, and Masters Book Arts: major works by leading artists, curated by Eileen Wallace, Lark Books, New York, April 2011. Sarah’s artists’ books are in 77 national and international collections including: Tate Britain, the British Library and the V & A Museum, All Saints Library and Winchester School of Art, UK; Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, Yale Centre for British Art, MOMA, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Mills College and Rhode Island School of Design, USA; Spazio Libro D’Artista, Catania, Sicily; Artists’ Books Archive, Milan; Bibliotheca Alexandria, Egypt; Moscow Artist’s Book Archive; The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, and Institute of the Arts, Canberra, Australia. She is represented in the USA by 23 Sandy Gallery.

For more information on Sarah’s publications and practice, download a pdf of her CV.