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This series of new book works is based on a set of the American Educator Encyclopedia which was first published in 1919 and discontinued in 1977. This ten volume set of encyclopedias was used by Nanette’s partner in his youth. In the late 90s Nanette turned the books into art objects, painting them pure white. After exhibiting them a few times she put them outside in the garden where they were left for several decades. At some point it was decided that the books had reached an aesthetically pleasing degree of decay, needed rescue, and were brought indoors. The books were documented in 2023 to create this conceptual body of work.
Nanette Wylde is an interdisciplinary artist, writer and cultural worker making environmental and socially reflective works using a variety of hybrid media. Wylde is a co-founder of PreNeo Press, a conceptual space creating projects, publications, and opportunities which celebrate the Art Life. Her artist books, prints and electronic works are included in significant international collections. Wylde has a BA in Behavioral Science from San José State University. Her MFA is in Interactive Multimedia and Printmaking from Ohio State University. She is Professor Emeritus of Art and Art History at California State University, Chico. Wylde’s interests include: language, personality, difference, beliefs, systems, ideas, movement, reflection, identity, perceptions, structures, stories, socialization, definitions, context, memory, experience, the natural world, change, and residue. preneo.org/nwylde
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