I wanted to share a few pages from my first altered book. An altered book is any pre-existing book that has been creatively transformed by the artist through any artistic process, such as collage, painting, folding, cutting, stamping, etc…This book was originally a book called Healing Waters by Linda Troeller – who is a photographer that traveled around the world and documented different bodies of water that are used for ritualistic and healing properties. I love the concept and imagery in this book, and used mostly acrylic, collage, and some writing to transform the pages into my own personal visual journal. The book is not yet complete, but these are a few pages that I have completed so far.
The process of working on this book has brought up many feelings and associations for me, such as mother/daughter, my evolving identity as a woman, birth/rebirth, and how we create meditative spaces for ourselves in the midst of our daily lives.