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Sarah Bodman


Sarah Bodman

A Senior Research Fellow for Artists' Books at the Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR), where she runs research projects investigating and promoting contemporary book arts. She is the author of Creating Artists’ Books, the editor of the Artist's Book Yearbook a biennial reference publication on contemporary book arts, and The Blue Notebook journal for artists’ books. She also writes a regular column on artists’ books for the ARLIS News-Sheet, and the journal Printmaking Today.
Her recent artists’ books include Cherry Blossom Island Tree with Tom Sowden (2009), An Exercise for Kurt Johannessen (2010) and Toast (2011).

Selected exhibitions:
2011 O Pão Nosso, an exhibition of international artists’ books, curated by Mara Caruso, Universidade Feevale, Projeto Circular, Novo Hamburgo/RS, Brazil
2011 "Up In the Air", Doverodde Book Arts Centre, Doverodde, Denmark
2011 POETRY BEYOND TEXT, Scottish Poetry library, Edinburgh, UK
2011 cabin:codex (the feral), The Centre for Artists’ Books Re-launch Project. Centrespace, Visual Research Centre, DJCAD, Dundee, UK
2011 Poetry Beyond Text, curated by Mary Modeen, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, UK
2011 follow-ed (after hokusai) an exhibition of book works inspired by Ed Ruscha, collected and curated by Tom Sowden and Michalis Pichler, The Winchester Gallery, UK
2011 A visual journey through the artist’s book, curated by Linda Newington, The Special Collections Gallery, Hartley Library, University of Southampton, UK
2011 A Library of Mirrors: A small and idiosyncratic collection of cover versions/copies/facsimiles/
reinterpretations & forgeries of artists' books. Curated by Francis Elliott, bookartbookshop, London
2010 Art Bound – Australian Bookbinders - Artists’ Books, Gallery Red, Glebe, NSW, Australia
2010 Rigorosamente libri…, curated by Loredana Rea, Fondazione Banca del Monte Siniscalco Ceci, Foggia, Italy
2010 The Bibliotheca Alexandrina Fourth International Biennale for the Artist’s Book, The Library of Alexandria, Alexandria 21526, Egypt
2010 The Art of the Book: Journals Then and Now, an international travelling exhibition of artist book journals, diaries and letters, Gallery 210, University of Missouri-St. Louis, USA
2010 Re-Shelving Initiative Four, Eyelevel Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
2010 Labyrint 09 - Writings and Observations, curated by Joanna Sandell and Pia Sandström, Botkyrka konsthall, Sweden

Major awards, events and achievements:
Codex event 8. Artists’ residency, 2011 Queensland, College of Art in Brisbane, Australia. Codex event 8, initiated by Tim Mosely, was a collaboration between Australian and UK printmakers & papermakers making artists’ books: Sarah Bodman, Monica Oppen, Paul Laidler, Tim Mosely and Tom Sowden. The collaboration was stimulated by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari’s text on Smooth and Striated space in A Thousand Plateaus, and exhibited at POP Gallery, Brisbane in October 2011.
Books of all stripes: artists' publishing in the 21st century. Public Lecture, State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia, Monday 26th September 2011
Invited curator for THE WORLD AS TEXT, a summer reading room at The Center for Book and Paper Arts, Columbia College Chicago, USA. A hybrid space designed to amplify connections between the action of reading and the activity of performance, the reading room featured contemporary artists’ books, zines, exhibition catalogues and alternative publications selected by over 15 guest curators including Doro Boehme, Tate Shaw, James Goggin, Sarah Bodman, New Berlin, Temporary Services, Steve Clay and more. THE WORLD AS TEXT  was curated to amplify the connections between book practices and interdisciplinary art making. 16/06/11-12/08/11
New Wave: artists’ publishing in the 21st Century. Co-curated with Tom Sowden, as part of the Impact Printmaking Conference School of Creative Arts, University of the West of England, Bristol, 15th - 19th September 2009

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