Alexis Arnold’s Crystallized Books series investigates the nature of books as both objects and signifiers of memories, teachings and personal stories. 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.
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 to a minimum.