Delainey Barclay, a visual artist
from Wilmington, DE, states that the common themes within her artwork are
“texture, repetition, and layering,” whether she is painting or creating
site-specific sculptural installations. In this particular installation,
Barclay has accumulated 108 found, discarded books and meticulously folded the
pages of each book to create a variety of 3-dimensional geometric forms.
Depending on the size of the original book, number of pages, paper tonality,
and type of fold, each book has its own unique form, its own unique identity. Each
has been transformed into a sculptural object. The words are no longer readable;
instead they are dark patterned details that adorn each form.
Typically, the altered books are
hung on the wall and arranged in clustered groupings. Barclay has purposefully
composed the books to accentuate the negative space of the exposed wall. She has
said, “Although the physical presence of the work itself is important, the
existing space in and around the objects are of equal importance.”
For Barclay, using discarded
books as an artistic material is not only repurposing the objects; the
familiarity of books makes the work approachable. And beyond the books
themselves, there is the realization of the labor intensive nature of the
process and the amount of patience involved to fold each page of each book.