I recently found out that two of my artists’ books are part of the NIVAL collection in NCAD, Dublin. The National Irish Visual Arts Library was set up in the 1990s with the aim of documenting all aspects of 20th century and contemporary Irish art and design and providing public access to the collection.
The library has a large collection of artist’s books and often exhibit them at fairs. It was at this year’s Dublin Art Book Fair that I came across one of my artists’ books on their stand!
There are many definitions of what an artists’ book is but simply put, it is a work of art realised in the form of a book. They are usually published in small editions and sometimes are one-of-a-kind books.
The two books in the NIVAL’s collection are ‘Roll call’, an artists’ book containing an alphabetical list of Ghost Estates in Ireland and ‘Invisible Lines’, an artists’ book based on a participatory art project I organised.