Personal Histories Artist Book Exhibition

Bringing together artists from around the globe to share their own stories in artist book form. Sharing similarities, diversities and individual perspectives. Highlighting the dynamic world of artist books.

REDLAND MUSEUM: 12 October - 30 November 2014
REDLAND ART GALLERY: 29 March - 10 May 2015
UNSW CANBERRA: 28 September - 11 December 2015

For more information please contact the Coördinator, Robyn Foster (email:

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Feature Artist - MARGA HOUTMAN

is a visual artist from the Netherlands.

Marga studied at the Academy Minerva in Groningen, one of the oldest and largest Universities in the Netherlands.  Her work is often serially independent and includes paintings, drawings,  book objects and temporary installations.  She also teaches courses in her studio, guest lectures at secondary and vocational education and carries out wall paintings and decoration work for companies and individuals.

During my studies in fine arts I learned about artist's books, and ever since they have taken a special place in my life.  As a visual artist I regularly choose a book form to express myself.  Since I collect things, paint, draw and like to work in series, a book is a perfect form for binding or bundling ideas.  On the other hand, I sometimes choose to work with already existing books such as may be found at flea markets and in second hand book stores. - Marga Houtman

Marga's contribution to Personal Histories is in the form of a book made from cutting boards.  


 Each page is formed with the small planks her father made for each member of the family to prepare sandwiches.  There are six pages in total, on every page a cut out slice of bread in order of size, one for her father, mother, two older brothers, herself and her younger brother.

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