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Alexis Arnold

Jude the Obscure


This original work has been sold.

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Book and borax | 2016

Works from this series are currently on view the Crystal Bridges Museum.

In this Crystalized Book series Arnold contrasts the materiality of the book and the text or content. After repeatedly happening upon boxes of discarded books, Arnold felt inspired to investigate the nature of books as both objects and signifiers of memories, teachings and personal stories. Manipulating found books with her hands, water, and salt, Arnold allows her crystallization process to dissolve the textual content of the books, transforming them from objects of significance into purely aesthetic material artifacts devoid of context, yet imbued with a sense of mystical timelessness.


9 x 5 x 7 inches


The work comes with a certification of authenticity signed by the Co-Founder of Tappan


As part of the conceptual intent of the series, the crystallized books are intended to change in appearance over time. While the sculptural form of the book remains in tact, the crystals will gradually transform from translucent to opaque. Keeping the sculpture in a consistent climate with low humidity, normal to cool room temperature or cooler, and away from direct heat and sunlight will preserve the intended slow rate of change in color. Handling should be kept at a minimum.

Arnold's material and process-driven practice explores the structures and phenomena of the natural world across micro to macro levels.


Alexis Arnold

Alexis Arnold's sculptures, installations, and mixed-media 2D artworks explore the subjective perception and experience of light, space and color, geology, and the visualization of time. She has exhibited at Crystal Bridges Museum, Aspen Art Museum, Art on Paper, and the Bay Area Discovery Museum and is in the SFMOMA permanent collection. Arnold has also been featured in WSJ, designboom, Apartment Therapy, Colossal, and Hi-Fructose.