Kate Bufton creates intricate and fragile paper sculptures from pages of timeworn books. Delicately assembled paper vessels enhance the books’ original beauty, whilst absent words - either stained or removed - highlight the damaging consequences of removing public libraries from our communities.

Kate transforms this familiar medium from a carrier of text to an object of art. The process of repetition, seen throughout many of her pieces, enables the artist to enter a trance-like state, in which she finds her mind to be most creative.

The combination of inks and paints applied freely mix together, each liquid following its own organic path before pooling together and absorbing into the paper’s surface. The final sculpture is sealed and preserved within wax, referencing the importance of protecting the arts within our libraries. Kate captures this moment in time so that it can be appreciated and admired by future generations to come.