|Feast is in the Belly of the Beholder
|Artist / Creator
|M. L. Van Nice
|Place of Publication
|Medium / Materials
|A volume of an 1897 Encyclopedia, 20 or so years of storage in an old (and damp) garage, bugs
|24 x 17.5 x 3 inches framed
|Signed & Numbered
Obviously, all the work here was done by bugs. I merely recognized the feast, or rather the scene of the feast. I did wonder, however, if they stopped to pause when they got to the entomology section.
Artist BioM. L. Van Nice began her professional life as an installation artist in Washington, D.C. As she came to realize how difficult it was in those years--the early 80's--to find venues for installation work, she became interested in artists' books as miniature installations. That impulse still informs the work today. There are few limits to the artist's book--not in content, media, style. It can be two or three dimensional; it can tell a story or not; it can make a point or not. This expansiveness is part of the abiding attraction of artists' books. Van Nice has books in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, and the Houghton Library at Harvard University.