Perception has been a core theme in my work over the years, particularly in relation to its effect on our capacity to live lives we know to be deeply meaningful. I’m interested in the powerful role reading plays in shaping how I perceive myself and my world, and in reading’s contribution, at a most fundamental level, to creating meaning in my life. I’m interested in how reading reaches out into possibility and brings it into my reality.
This effect is not particular to me. It’s a universal phenomenon. But it’s my personal experience of it that prompts me to gather discarded books, and to fire up my band saw, pick up my oxyacetylene torch, and stir my dye pots.
The objects I make are personal responses to what I read.
Featured in Art Made from Books, published by Chronicle Books, August 2013
Hailing from a family of artists in South Texas, Vita Wells has been creating objects since she could wield an X-Acto knife. She's lived and worked in diverse settings through several chapters of life, but reading’s privileged place and a reverence for books have been constants in all of them. During many years’ involvement with textiles, Wells developed a keen sense for texture, structure, and color. In her bookwork, these aesthetics are in conversation with conceptual content that reflects her lifelong intellectual curiosity and love of scholarship. She divides her time between her studio in Berkeley, California, and the larger Camino de Compostela.
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