Compendium: Webster's Encyclopedia of Dictionaries

Altered book


Compendium is a series of sculptural brains molded from the blended contents of an encyclopedia, specifically, Webster's Encyclopedia of Dictionaries, New American Edition (1983). All two thousand plus pages of the book were excised and pulped to create a total of 5 brains, each categorized by specific sections of the book. This was an exploration of loss and recreation, memory and knowledge, and preservation in the face of neglect. I acquired this fantastic but obsolete book for a dollar at the local swap meet, and wanted to give it a new life and expanded meaning.