magic book

Deb Eck of Jamestown, NY is the featured artist at the Ellicottville Memorial Library through 2017. Eck is an internationally exhibited book and installation artist who works primarily with paper, text and thread. Originally from Essex in the UK, she has lived and worked in upstate New York for over 20 years. Eck received a BFA in painting from the University at Buffalo and an MA in Visual Culture from the University of Northumbria in Newcastle (UK). She teaches as an adjunct at Jamestown Community College and Fredonia State, and workshops for many other arts and cultural organizations. She has been the recipient of many grants and awards; most recently she was named the Distinguished Artist of 2017 by Cattaraugus County Arts Council.

 Eck says of her artwork: “I call these works page meditations. They have been a core part of my studio practice for over a decade. Each one begins with a discarded book. Some days, I chose a page at random, but usually I try to work my way through a book systematically. I meditate on the page until certain words begin to emerge as important or relevant to me on that day. I circle those words in pencil and then redact the page with a fine sharpie marker. Sometimes I add in a quote and additional imagery. I try to keep the materials minimal and to work quickly and intuitively. Starting my day in the studio this way relaxes me and allows the world to slip away. It quiets down my inner censor and lets me focus on my art”.

 The Ellicottville Memorial Library is located at 6499 Maples Road in Ellicottville, NY. Hours are 10 to 5 daily except Sunday. Evening hours are 5-8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.