Diary/Journals

‘For over 15 years Steven McPherson has made and used books in his art works. His diaries, journals and notebooks are a growing wunderkrammer library that ordinarily describe events of the everyday and uniquely exist as part book, part sculpture.

These re-claimed photo albums (and note books) are transformed through a process of collecting and positioning matter, of significance and otherwise. Each double page is a space to be filled with lists, words, prose, image and object – placed and replaced – posited and edited until relationships are formed, meaning merged and accounts described. This process can take from a day to months to complete, and combines to form the bloated tome of personal identifiable and un-identifiable histories.

Text taken from ‘Diaries, Journals and Notebooks’ An exhibition of the book works of Steve McPherson at CFPR (Center for Fine Print Research) Bristol University, 2008.