Reading Finnegans Wake
As part of the Artist Talk series at Center for Book Arts, Mexican artist Ximena Pérez Grobet will talk about her creative process of recomposing the text of James Joyce’s novel Finnegans Wake. Using a classic edition published in 1965, Pérez Grobet unbound the book, carefully cut the text apart nearly line by line, then reassembled it visually reworked but still in the original order. The result is four knitted volumes that transform the materiality of Joyce’s language, establishing a new form of reading and a visual tribute to the complexity of the novel and its author. In this exclusive Celebrate Mexico Now seminar, Pérez Grobet will take the audience through the nine-year process of creating, editing, and publishing a limited edition of Reading Finnegans Wake.
Ximena Pérez Grobet is the founder and owner of Nowhereman Press and the director of Artists’ Books for Artists, a commission-based project that encourages artists to translate their work into book format. Pérez Grobet has been creating her own artist books since 1994 and has presented her work in galleries, book fairs, and museums throughout Europe, USA, Mexico, and Latin America. She collaborates with other artists and collectives, producing artist books and special editions. She has worked as an editorial designer, curator, fair coordinator, and in art book production in various publishing houses around the world. Some of Pérez Grobet’s awards and grants include the Art Libris & Banc de Sabadell Award, the Charnwood Book Prize, and the Japan Cooperation Agency Grant.
This event is presented in partnership with the Center for Book Arts