As an artist in demand from the publishing market having worked as an illustrator for a number of years, Delphine Lebourgeois is used to designing book covers within strict guidelines, and in 2011 she released a body of work that playfully subverts the boundaries of these commissioned jobs. By using books’ original designs as starting points, mainly those with predominantly typographic covers, she then adds her own drawings, digital collage and printed material, which are worked on over a long period of time until a global architecture emerges; this ‘simmering’ process of the continuous changing of the images is a very important part for the artist. Generally there is no connection between the book title and Lebourgeois’ added imagery; in most cases, Lebourgeois doesn’t read the book before making the works, and so the content of the story is laid aside in an attempt to create another story altogether, which in turn opens a discrepancy between words and visuals, leaving it to the viewer to create their own links and associations. In the elegant Le Moulin De La Galette, circus acrobats appear as astronauts floating within a chandelier, and in a playful Charlotte Lowenskold a hair pin grows into a fishing rod.
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