Book as Art
by Ania Gilmore
Agnes Martin once wrote “An Artist is the one who can fail and fail and still go on” - these powerful words reaffirmed my creative journey by inspiring me to realize that art is a process that when started can never be finished. While studying design and printmaking I discovered a great passion for Book Arts. In my work, I explore the book itself, the boundaries between the form and the content.
As an emigrant, I am infused with inspiration resident in my roots and history. I am interested in the continuous growing dialogue of identity and multiculturalism, which is a central element in modern society. The source of my imagery, which explores the connection between chaos and order amongst themes, is both derived by chance and experimentation.
Born in Warsaw, Poland Ania Gilmore received her BFA with honors in Graphic Design from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, studied printmaking, book arts and fibers at the Rhode Island School of Design,
the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine.
Her portfolio includes works on paper, artist books, fiber art and mixed-media. Ania worked as an independent curator in the US and internationally. She curated Book Art the world of limitless and Nothing twice (Nic dwa razy) exhibitions at ArtSpace Gallery in Maynard MA, Resonance: books in time in Rochester Public Library, Rochester NY, Resonance: books in time II in Brickbottom Gallery, Somerville MA, Correspondence 9th International Book Art Festival in Poland, and Joy of Freedom in Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America in New York.
In 2014 Ania was an invited artist to Gallery Nori in Jeju Island, Korea; in 2017 had a Solo Exhibition in Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul, Korea, and in 2018 her work was shown at the Bojagi Forum and Chojun Textile & Quilt Art Museum in Seoul, Korea, and also in From Lausanne to Beijing International Fiber Art Biennale in Tsinghua University Art Museum in Beijing, China. As an awarded artist of 2016 Excellence in Fibers by Fiber Art Now magazine her work was shown at the New Bedford Art Museum. Ania’s work was featured in Art New England magazine, Woodstock magazine, Fiber Art Now magazine, published in the Artistry in Fiber: Wearable Art book by Anne Lee, E. Ashley Rooney, The Collection of Polish Book Art from
the 20th to the 21st Century at the Musashino Art University Museum in Tokyo, Japan, awarded Artscope Magazine Centerfold in May/June 2015, included in 1,000 Artists' Books: Exploring the Book as Art book
by Peter and Donna Thomas, and The Creators of the Image of Polonia by Fundacja Sedeka in Warsaw, Poland. Her works are in public and private collections in Australia, Hungry, Iraq, Japan, Korea, Poland, Romania, UK, and USA. Ania lives and works in Bedford, New Hampshire.