Hilke Kurzke ~ England


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Hilke Kurzke: "… my interest in books is not at all limited to the physical properties. Silent books that tell a story without any words are so very fascinating to me! And I have a keen interest in the written word. Written communication is such a powerful technology: Isn't it just like magic, that looking at an abstract pattern can make us weep or laugh out loud, can put ideas in our heads or give advice and guidance? Through my work I want to make my readers rediscover this magic which is the foundation of our culture and daily life and work. Many of my books are therefore not straight forward to read. They contain text hidden in secret compartments, or are written in secret script or code, the pages have holes and the structure of my books may differ from a mainstream notion of a book."
Miniatures by Hilke Kurzke  
By Hilke Kurzke
Nottingham, England: Büchertiger Studio & Press, 2014. Open, varying edition.

4.25 x 6" (varies slightly with each book); 6 pages. Accordion format. Gesso, handwriting, stencils. Painted boards. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Hilke Kurzke: "This is a small accordion (format of a postcard) with hard covers, stenciled shapes into gesso, and hand-written with coal. It features my short short story absences about paying attention to one's surroundings. I think (and hope) it is funny in a bittersweet way.

"Each copy in this open varying edition is painted and written by hand. Some of the books are made from a light brown paper, others made with black paper … the position of the objects is varying.

"The story features a dialogue in which one of the persons tells another one about strange disappearances of objects from her apartment. In the end she finds out what happened. A surprising story about paying attention to the small things in your life so as not to miss the big things."


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