About the Book
An installation by Jody Alexander at Cabrillo Art Gallery in 2012. "Preparing for Evanescence" addresses the relative ephemeral nature of humans compared to the belongings that we accumulate, and how we cope with our mortal awareness. The treatment of the objects in this installation exhibits a concern for their well-being, and the caretaker’s need to create and protect in the face of powerlessness and dematerialization. Each possession has been attentively prepared and placed for safekeeping between the folds of fabric, stitches of thread, in the sediment of a household. Photographs of the exhibition by r.r. jones.
Jody Alexander is an artist, bookbinder, librarian and teacher who lives and works in Santa Cruz, California. She binds books with found and discarded papers and fabric in a number of historical and modern binding styles, and rescues discarded books and gives them new life as scrolls, wall pieces and sculptural objects. Her pieces celebrate collecting, storytelling, and odd characters. Her characters, books, sculptural pieces and found items are often combined to create installations. She has taught book arts at San Francisco Center for the Book, The Center for the Book in New York City and University of California, Santa Cruz. Her work appears in a number of publications including Masters: Book Arts: Major Works by Leading Artist, 500 Handmade Books, and 1000 Artists' Books: Exploring the Book as Art. Jody is the 2015 recipient of the Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship.