A World of Artist Journal Pages
A second instalment of intimate snoops into the sketchbooks of artists from every corner of the globe…
Editor Dawn Sokol he follow-up to the warmly receivedw 1000 Artist Journal Pages certainly inflames the imagination. The contents are far too wideranging, esoteric and personal to each individual artist to be in any way categorised together, except in this constantly surprising, loosely collected form.
Some may complain that Dawn Sokol has only included a handful of male artists out of the book’s 230, but as that ratio has always traditionally
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The quality vastly changes, from felt pen cartoons to glorious watercolour scenes. But wherever on the spectrum the art lands, every turn of the page has something to provide pause for thought. Each entry makes you wonder: what if you just found this squib, or sketch, or collage, on the bus? What kind of life does the artist who forged the collage depicting a sleeping were-bear with the motto ‘It’s better now’ lead? What inspired one scribbler to portray St. Bartholomew advertising ice cream? A few motivations can be gleaned from the editor’s selected interviews with artists, but many instances of ‘found art’ are best pored over in wide-eyed ignorance.
Micki Wilde’s bizarrelooking creature is just one example of the eclectic art on display in this book.