Laurie Alpert makes Artists’ Books because, for quite some time, her prints had included music and a variety of different types of text. Each piece was sequential, but confined to the rectangle, and it made sense to her to transform the work into book form. While experimenting with a variety of Artists’ Book structures, she became more interested in sculptural forms and the different ways in which books can be bound (or unbound). The work asks the question as to whether each “page” can exist on its own as a strong and resolved image; or whether it needs the sequential context in which to exists. The images in the books begin with photographs that she’s taken, either of her studio floor, architectural structures, a bar of soap (yes, soap!), or other seemingly mundane things that she happens upon. She then manipulates them in Photoshop and turns them into Polyester Plate Lithograph prints or sculptural, unique books. The origin of the work is inconsequential – it is the alteration that gives the image its new life.
Laurie Alpert is a Printmaker and Book Artist from Brookline, Massachusetts. She has her BFA in Painting from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and her MFA in Painting from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Alpert’s professional affiliations include membership at the Bromfield Gallery in Boston’s South End, and the Full Tilt Print Studio, a professional printmaking cooperative in Dedham. She is also a member of the Boston Printmakers, the Monotype Guild of New England, New England Book Artists and the New York Center for Book Arts. Alpert has exhibited nationally and internationally.