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Artist Jo Dery 00 FAV created an unusual set of handmade wooden dice as part of her current installation at the deCordova.
interdisciplinary artist known for experimenting with storytelling into a library and what do you get? An unconventional narrative. As one of 23 artists selected for The 2012 deCordova Biennial at the deCordova
Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA, Jo Dery 00 FAV was invited to transform the museum’s DeNormandie Library.
Combining collage, illustration,
digital manipulation, photomontage, puppetry and print, Dery’s works have been
described as “magnificent mash-ups” that “radically alter the viewer’s
expectations for how a good story can or should be told.” deCordova Curator Dina Deitsch felt that the library offered
the perfect fit for the artist’s unconventional but deep interest in nonlinear
narrative and storytelling, especially given that it investigates our relationships to natural phenomena, the built environment, history and current events.
For the biennial, Dery created
an installation called Chapter Three
featuring three circular books and a set of wooden dice she made to sit on the
library’s long wooden table, along with an animated projection showing a series
of books as their blank pages fill with writing. She worked with a bookbinder
and a sound artist to create the installation, and was careful neither to
disturb the room’s original purpose nor its collection of literature.
“I really wanted my work to tie in with the space,” Dery says, noting that she
drew inspiration for the installation from Jorge Luis Borges’ short story The Library of Babel, which tells of a
in Chicago, where she is an assistant professor of animation
in DePaul University’s School of Cinema and Interactive Media, Dery grew
up in Attleboro, MA and until recently was based in Providence. Her
animations have been screened at festivals throughout the country and the world, including
the Ann Arbor Film Festival and the International Film Festival Rotterdam. She
has been awarded grants from the LEF Foundation, the Rhode Island State Council
on the Arts and The Free History Project.
As a survey exhibition that continues through April 22, the deCordova biennial highlights artists from across New
England and emphasizes the quality and variety of work rather than
any single or overarching theme. It is organized in five
categories, with Dery’s installation loosely categorized under “Hybridity/Materiality/Third Wave