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Englewood Artist Brings Recycled Books To Life

Irmari Nacht's work will be on display in Atlantic City through July 28.
Irmari Nacht's work will be on display in Atlantic City through July 28. Photo Credit: Irmari Nacht Facebook

ENGLEWOOD, N.J. -- Irmari Nacht, of Englewood, is one of the artists selected for the New Jersey Arts Annual 2016 exhibition, sponsored by the Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton University and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Selected artworks will showcase the current state of contemporary art and varied artistic practices throughout the state and will be held at the Noyes Museum Arts Garage in Atlantic City.

Among the juried selections are two of Nacht's recycled books from the "Saved" series, which uses books that otherwise might be discarded and transforms them into art. "The books are cut, sometimes into slivers which curl and undulate, and return to the tree-like shape from which the paper was made," a news release notes. "Sometimes painted, wetted, and re-formed, the books have changed from utilitarian objects to sculptural objects capable of many interpretations."

Nacht's work is in the permanent collections of the Newark Museum; the International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction, in New Mexico; Cleveland Art Institute; Yale Art Museum and more.

"Her artwork, using the book as a metaphor, addresses environmental concerns, change and transformation, information received and denied, altered reality, as well as the concept of multiple imagery, which highlights the strength and energy of repeated elements," the news release continued.

"We are all affected by changes in the environment and are beginning to realize the need to recycle to protect our future," Nacht said. "I hope my books will increase awareness of these changes and will get people thinking about recycling, reusing and repurposing."

The exhibit will be on display until July 28.

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