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Books: The making of books, at first a small if significant part of my work, has become an increasingly important aspect of my practice.

I make books as a single object or as multiples. They are a means of evolving and playing with ideas and they derive from or feed into other works. They are digitally printed and I am involved in all aspects of the making of the books. This allows for flexibility of shape and format and if some books follow a traditional format, others can be seen as sculptural objects to be handled, leafed through or spread out. I like the idea of intimacy implied in this handling. All texts and images are mine, although in The Cupboard Altar, An Inventory of Self-veneration for AMBruno's Lists etc collection, I worked with found photographs, some already published in newspapers and magazines. I have described but not reproduced the private photographs.

Apple Story by Anne Rook

Anne Rook - Apple Story (2014)
Still from digital animation.

Films: In collaboration with Graham Rook, I have made three digital animations. These are randomly self-renewing pieces that are designed to run forever. The first was shown as part of exhibitions in Kyoto and in Itami in Japan; the second, Spontaneous Cities, was shown in Sheffield in 2011.

The third, Apple Story was created for AMBruno's Book Act project in Leeds 2014, where a short extract was shown. The idea for Apple Story evolved from the book Apple Labels 1999-2010, A Repertory. A diary of collecting fruit labels, it is transformed in the film by means of repetition and accumulation into a comment on globalization of the food industry.

Anne Rook: My work is concept-based and includes installations, drawings, digital prints and small sculptures as well as books.

In 2000, I undertook a riverside commission for the Norwich Gallery and Norwich School of Art and Design (East International 2000). In 2009, I won the Jury prize, Artists' Book, Bank Sreet Arts, Sheffield.

My artists' books are held in several collections including in the National Art Library (V&A), Tate Britain, Saison Poetry Library, London, Yale Centre for British Art, Bibliothèque Forney, Paris, and Chelsea College of Arts.

Born and educated in Paris, I initially trained as an art historian in London and taught for several years in London and Cambridge. I graduated from the Byam Shaw School of Art in 1992 and Chelsea College of Art (MA) in 2001.

The other Words by Anne Rook

Anne Rook - The other Words

The other Words, which is part of AMBruno's words collection, is a book about annotations I made while reading Marcel Proust's A la Recherche du Temps Perdu over a period of 16 months, marks that often defaced the printed page or obscured the text. These notes have been collected in a scrapbook, a record of reading.

Blackboards  
by Anne Rook

Anne Rook - Blackboards (2014)

Blackboards, which is part of AMBruno's Stills collection of limited edition prints, is based on a reconstructed memory of a still from the beginning of 'The Blackboard' by Iranian film-maker Samira Makhmalbaf. Itinerant teachers, fleeing from endless contradictory conflicts, carry the tools of their interrupted trade. The blackboards, crawling up a mountain, are knowledge, its transmission, its rejection, its erasing. Linocut, printed on heavy-weight watercolour paper.

Apple Labels 1999-2010, A Repertory by Anne Rook

Anne Rook -
Apple Labels 1999-2010, A Repertory (2010)
Edition of 30.

The Cupboard Altar, An Inventory of Self-veneration  
   by Anne Rook

Anne Rook - The Cupboard Altar,
An Inventory of Self-veneration
(2014)

The Cupboard Altar, An Inventory of Self-veneration 
 by Anne Rook

Anne Rook - The Cupboard Altar
An Inventory of Self-veneration
(2014)

The Cupboard Altar, an Inventory to Self-veneration, which is part of AMBruno's Lists etc. collection, is an inventory of photographs and documents found in a cupboard. They revealed the self-veneration and self-absorption of their owner. Photographs and documents are listed in chronological order and according to type. The book plays on the idea of self-absorption and on our own voyeuristic inclinations. Edition of 6. Inkjet prints on heavyweight drawing paper. 1 book of 28 pages, glued and sewn binding. 17 loose photographs in folder. Watercolour paper slipcase.

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