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I love teaching and truly believe that deep down inside everyone is an artist, capable of creating something. There is power and knowledge in the act of creating something with your own hands, made from your own heart and head.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Jenny Read

Many moons ago I was flipping through Sabrina Ward Harrison's first book, Spilling Open. I always take note of recommended books especially when mentioned by other artists. Sabrina kept mentioning something called, "Jenny Read." An internet search at the time yielded nothing. I searched about it on and off over the years in my travels and never found it. I recently pulled Sabrina's book off the shelf and made note of it again. I searched on amazon and google and found nothing. I thought about it for a minute and did a google image search. There it was! FINALLY! After fifteen years I finally have a copy in my hands. The full title is actually, "Jenny Read, in Pursuit of Art and Life: The Journals and Letters of a Young Sculptor."

I didn't know anything about the artist when I bought the book and an internet search doesn't bring up very much except for one article that I was able to find. As a collector of artists' journals, I'm looking forward to reading this. It makes me sad that there isn't much known about Jenny Read or her work. I'm hoping that you'll seek her out like I did. 

Do you have any favorite books on artists' journals, sketchbooks or diaries?


Pamela Gerard said...

Thanks for posting this -- it was great to see all those books. I love Squeak Carnwath and I actually not only have her book but also a painting of hers I bought years ago. She's wonderful. And I ordered a book from LuLu that looked great -- one of the ones you recommended. Great list -- thanks for sharing!

Laura Stickney said...

I found a copy of Jenny Read's book at a thrift shop. It is a tragic and sobering book I keep as a reminder of how precious it is to be able to do one's creative work over a long period of time. Jenny had so little time and was so courageous and earnest! Laura Stickney