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Bound & Unbound IV

The 2017 Bound and Unbound IV international juried altered book exhibition artists.

Artist Statement


I work in three separate but related areas: fibre art/painting, artists’ books, and printmaking (mainly etching). These three areas are connected to each other in a number of ways, firstly through recycling of materials. The fibre art comprises recycled fabric using printing. The artists’ books utilise old carte de visite albums and photographs with drawing, etching, and sometimes fabric.

My work in the medium of artists’ books is not illustration or visualization of a narrative but more an emotional response to the writing or type of book. My books include responses to Georges Perec’s novel ‘Les Choses’ as well as works based on the Biblical books of Jonah, Ruth, Esther and Ecclesiastes; more recent books comprise old carte de visite albums and collections of etchings representing motion and change using photographs with drawing, etching, and sometimes fabric.


My works tend towards abstraction but are influenced by natural processes including growth, flowering, withering and fading. I emphasize the contrasts between dark and light, flowing and stagnant, active and passive, transparent and opaque. Often the work is divided into a geometrical pattern and represents the process of change from one state or situation to another, which is often achieved through a series of images.

About the Artist

Yael David-Cohen - Curriculum Vitae

Born in Jerusalem, Israel

Lives and works in London, England


1962-1966 Tel Aviv Art School, Israel

1963-1966 University of Tel Aviv, Israel (BA in Philosophy and Hebrew Literature)

1968-1969 St Martin’s School of Art, London (Postgraduate Degree in Printmaking)

Recent Solo Exhibitions:

2016, 2014, 2011, 2008 bookartbookshop, London

2014 Nancy Victor Gallery, London

2011 Museum der VG Eich, Gimbsheim

2011 The Coningsby Gallery, London 2008 The Coningsby Gallery, London 2007 Galerie Le Cocon, Hamburg

Recent Group Exhibitions:

2017 20th Biennial Quilt National Athens, Ohio USA

2017 Celebrate! Abecedarian Gallery Denver, Colorado USA

2017 Sketch at Rabley Contemporary Drawing Centre, UK

2017, 2014 Evolutions Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum Golden Colorado USA

2017, 2013 Bound and Unbound II Artists Books University of South Dakota USA

2016, 2014 Inspired by .... V & A Museum, Morley Gallery London

2014-15 European Art Quilt VIII touring exhibition

2013 In Search of Perfection, Museum Tsaritsyno Moscow

2013 Biennale de L’Estampe de Saint Maur France

2013 Light Hope Opportunity Quilt for Change UN Headquarters Geneva

2013 Pushing the Surface

2013 Johnson- Humrickhouse Museum Ohio USA

2012 Voices - Quilt Art Group Travelling Exhibition

2012 Beijing International Fiber Art Biennale

2012 Travelling Exhibition European Art Quilts VII

2012 RE Open, Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, Bankside Gallery, London

2012, 2011 ING Discerning Eye London

2012, 2011 La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum, USA

2012, 2011 High Fiber under 5, San Jose Museum of Quilt & Textiles

2012, 2010 Wide Horizons II, Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, France

2012, 2009 British International Mini Print Exhibition, London

2011, 2009 Sheffield International Artist's Book Prize

2011 "Missing / Missed", Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn, New York

2011 A Sense of Direction, Sightlines, Houston, Chicago and Long Beach, USA

Collections include:

Department of Prints and Drawings, British Museum, London Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel Department of Prints and Drawings, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem The Museum of Arts and Design, New York The Philadelphia Museum of Art Textile Collection, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Yale University Library, New Haven, USA Private collections in the United States, the United Kingdom and Israel

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