Anita Francis

A longtime painter and portrait artist, Francis began her new passionate adventure with book art. She is always on the search for old books and examines the textures of the pages and words for new ideas before cutting them.

"I find it an exciting challenge to explore a way to give a relinquished book a new life. The process of remodeling damaged and discarded books and their jackets into sculptural art pieces has developed over the past several years, stemming from my life-long practice of painting and of crafting objects of art by hand. Through the process of folding and the cutting away of parts of a book's pages, revealing its interior, the remaining fragments are still attached to the binding and brought through or around the piece allowing the book to be viewed inside-out."