Constructed Contents 

by Delaney Smith and Shelley Scott

July 11 - August 23, 2014

My interest in the book as an object and the way people interact with its form is a major influence in my work. The process of traditional techniques of book making intrigues me, especially when they are employed in noon-traditional ways. I use these techniques to create three-dimensional objects and wall pieces are rooted in the formal structure of a book, but are not limited by them.

In my sculptural pieces, I align the processes of creation with the inherent quality of the material. I celebrate the irregularity of natural dye or a torn edge of paper. I manipulate and gather thin, delicate sheets of paper into a mass of texture. Alternatively, I create more structural forms by casting sheets out of paper waste. An acute tactile quality is discernible through actual textures such as deeply letter pressed type, and implied textures created by dye and variations of paper pulp content. The results are quiet yet rich with subtle elements, and demand a contemplative viewer in order to observe the minute details that occur. The limited color palette and simple forms support a peaceful, yet introspective quality.

I am also compelled to reconsider the way people approach a book. We are taught at a young age to preserve a book to the best of our ability. In contrast, the viewers of my books are invited to physically alter the pages, which develops into a unique story of marks. The accumulative marks created by the viewer create the content of the book, revealing the individual decisions of person. In these interactive pieces, I provide tools for mark making, such as graphite, needle and thread, and embroidery scissors. Currently I am extending my exploration of audience participation to larger scale works. – Delaney Smith


The unique properties I find in discarded materials often suggest an idea or form to me. I create handmade assemblage, sculpture, and furniture, constructing my work from wood and various other scraps. With my most current work I am making wall-hanging assemblages – drawing on delicate wood veneer to create images. Along with referencing my sculptural work, my new assemblages reference construction methods, diagrams, nonsensical ideas, and the visual representation of information. For my furniture and functional works I approach them as sculpture and use the stack-lamination process, an additive process where I layer and glue wood together to construct a form. To create my work I will often start with a particular piece of material with no specific outcome in mind. I prefer to follow a thought or shape I come upon to find a final resolution. – Shelley Scott