Flowers in Hotel Rooms Volume II by Sarah Bodman

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Second in the series inspired by Richard Brautigan’s novel The Abortion. The photographs in this book are of flowers I have found or placed, and actions taken in hotel rooms whilst travelling. This volume also includes tributes in reference to hotels mentioned in novels by Haruki Murakami and Colin Dexter.

The Dolphin Hotel has the same name as the hotel central to Haruki Murakami’s Dance, Dance, Dance - which I was reading at the time, so had to stay there. As with Murakami’s hotel, there was a brass plaque at the entrance and the musty smell was possibly the same. I was disappointed however, to find that there were only 2 floors rather than the 16 of the novel, and no elevator with which to enter Sheep Man’s world. In Colin Dexter’s novel, The Way Through the Woods, Inspector Morse stays in Room 27 of The Bay Hotel, Lyme Regis. I booked the same room, and took the book with me.  The room was as described in the book, except for the broken window and lack of hot water. In the morning, I got up at 6.45 am and made coffee, whilst looking at the view of the bay, as Morse had done. The evening proved more difficult; I could not follow his footsteps by eating in the hotel restaurant, as dinner was not served out of season.

Artist Bio

Sarah is Research Fellow for Artists' Books at the Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR), where she runs projects investigating and promoting contemporary book arts. She is also the editor of the Book Arts Newsletter a vital monthly book arts resource published at the CFPR; and the Artist's Book Yearbook a biennial publication on contemporary book arts, published by Impact Press. She is  the editor of The Blue Notebook journal for artists’ books, and writes a regular news column on artists’ books for the ARLIS UK and Ireland News-sheet, and for the journal Printmaking Today. Sarah is the author of Creating Artists’ Books (a handbook for A&C Black, UK and Watson-Guptill, New York, USA, 2nd edition published December 2007, ISBN 978-0-7136-6509-3). Sarah's artists' books are included in many international collections such as Tate Britain, the British Library and the V & A Museum, All Saints Library and Winchester School of Art, UK; Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection, Yale Centre for British Art, MOMA, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Mills College and Rhode Island School of Design USA; Museum van het Boek and AKI (ArtEz) The Netherlands; Biblioteca Casanatense, Italy; Southern Cross University, Lismore and Institute of the Arts, Canberra, Australia.