Abbie Read has been creating this wall installation since 2010. Its title is “Library,” and it currently consists of eleven two foot wide panels that are 7 1/2 feet high. It is made up of many (over 150 at this point) individual book-like boxes that house artifacts, curiosities, her own art and other small constructions. She is drawn to the stained and abused surfaces of old and discarded objects, the stuff of previous lives and times and the rustier, the more ancient looking the better. Each individual piece is constructed by hand (no prefabricated boxes) using binder’s board, book cloth, hand painted paste papers and marbled papers.
Sohns Gallery is located at 36 Central Street. For more information, call (207) 947-2205,