Recorded at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida on January 15, 2010.
The altered books of John Eric Broaddus are fantastic for their lyrical beauty and imagination. Using paint and an exacto knife, Broaddus made his books into worlds within the pages of his found objects by paying attention to the iconic quality of the images.
Other artists have made the process of altering books central to their work as well, either paying attention to texts, themes, or visual features. This talk puts Broaddus's work in relation to that of Tom Phillips, Ellie Brown, Buzz Spector, and others, while also locating it within the flamboyant world of pop excess and imagination and his own unique talent.