Flowers in Hotel Rooms Volume IV by Sarah Bodman

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This series has become a set of journals, documenting my own actions as well as those of characters in novels, or writers whose work I admire. Working in Poland, meant a stay near the home of the writer and artist Radoslaw Nowakowski so we could interview him and film his books. He lives in Dabrowa Dolna, a tiny hamlet, and as I sat outside at dusk with the dogs barking (reading Ethan Frome by Edith Warton) I noticed the garlic that had been nailed up for protection outside the front door by the wonderful B&B owner. In Minneapolis in winter, with long, cold corridors but no snow, I’m reading The Shining by Stephen King, and set about typing “all work and no play” on a portable plastic typewriter.

In Glasgow, reading Chuck Palahniuk’s Survivor I amuse myself in Palahniuk fashion by asking Tom if he can write “kill yourself” in the steam on the bathroom mirror of the hotel room he is sharing with a friend of ours, who is never fully awake in the mornings, and of course he doesn’t even notice it. In Frankfurt, reading Haruki Murakami’s After Dark, I can create my own night-time take on the novel with the ink stamped on my arm from visiting Takashi Murakami’s ©Murakami exhibition that afternoon. In Whitby, England as the mist rolls in from the sea, I willingly watch it envelop the window as I read Nosferatu In Love by Jim Shepard.  .

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.