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Reading America, Recent Works by Mary Marsh
On view at the Rosenberg Library, Level 3, February 4 to May 6, 2005
Reading America
Reading America
This work is about the intersection of reading and eating. Using eating as a metaphor I am looking at mass media and its consumption. My process and materials are influenced by my years of working in libraries. The tasks of collecting, sorting and categorizing have become part of my art process. Collecting obsolete library materials, I draw on checkout cards, combining found words on the books and cards with images of people eating and reading. All of the books and cards are discarded from the same community college library, giving a picture of books read at a specific time and place. Dates and signatures of past readers add a history of their shared experience of the book's consumption. Reading what Americas are reading is also about the USA PATRIOT ACT, under which readers' habits may be investigated without their knowledge through library records or bookstores. I am looking at my relationship to reading as consumption and the power of the written word.

--Mary Marsh


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