Bookshelf 20

by Jane Mount

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Artist Statement

I have yet to outgrow my childhood animism; I am sure that various inanimate objects have lives of their own in an alternate universe, or just when we're not at home. This is especially true of chairs, stuffed animals and books. Painting these things is like putting on special glasses that allow me to see them "alive" even in daylight. When I look at a shelf of books I see huge clouds of ideas stuffed down into humble packages. We people like to show off our books on shelves like merit badges, because we're proud of the ideas we've ingested to make us who we are, and want to display our insides for others to see, hoping to make a connection or impression. I think this is endearing and charming, and also makes me feel a bit sad for us. And yet when I paint someone else's bookshelf and they have some of the same books I do, I feel inordinately joyful about it, and about them.

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+ Limited-edition, exclusive to 20x200
+ Museum quality: archival inks, 100% cotton rag paper unless noted
+ Signed + numbered certificate of authenticity included
+ Directly supports the artist
+ Handcrafted custom-framing is available

Our quoted dimensions are for the size of paper containing the images, not the printed image itself. We do not alter the aspect ratio, nor do we crop or resize the artists’ originals. All of our prints have a minimum border of .5 inches to allow for framing.

Jane Mount

Jane Mount makes things for people who love books (and illustrates some other stuff here and there). She was born in Atlanta and formed in Manhattan, loves Berlin and now lives in Maui, with her Swiss husband and two cats. In My Ideal Bookshelf (published by Little, Brown in 2012), she illustrated the favorite books of over 100 famous creatives.
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