Ana Paula Cordeiro makes books by hand, photographs with film, prints from lead type, and writes either sparingly or profusely on unbound folios, which she then proceeds to bind into volumes. Originally from Brazil, she lives in Manhattan and does all her work at The Center for Book Arts communal shop. Her artist books are collected privately and institutionally.
Recently requested to produce a “100-words general statement”, came up with
“Coherence and consistency are keywords for my photographic memory. The analytical aspect of my personality struggles with the multifaceted stories of each encounter: the many versions of ourselves we produce as we move on. A clear recollection may create multiples, may generate a variable edition of selves – which by themselves are harmless, until they start conflicting with one another.
Incoherently and inconsistently I witness as we move on, leaving behind our all-but-linear narratives – the many books within books of our selves. The method of my artistic inquiry is in the making of books. The artistic inquiry itself is the making of books.”
(she recently gave in to instagram: @cordeiropaulana)