I like to work with editing and altering vintage books. To me, the pages of old books offer a unique way of having a dialogue based not only on their literal content, but on their physical appearance as well. For instance, I turned a dreadfully dull speedwriting practice schoolbook into a pop-up anti-corporal punishment manifesto, where Victorian era looking school children set their school on fire (19 Lessons and Lesson 20), and an odious 50s children’s book about Thanksgiving is altered with fire and drawings; it’s words burned out from pages and rearranged to create new content (History Is a Bitch).
Dasha Ziborova is a book artist, graphic novelist and muralist. She was born in St. Petersburg, Russia and came to New York in 1991. Dasha’s work has been shown at Art on Paper, Outsider Art Fair, The Center for Book Arts, Governors Island, DVAA, and Abecedarian Gallery among the few. Her trade book’s credits include five children books and and an adult novel, Costalegre, forthcoming from Tin House. She is also known for a series of large-scale murals for The Peninsula Hotel’s New York and Chicago locations; plaster reliefs for the Waldorf Astoria, and over 30 murals designed for Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn.
Dasha Ziborova is also a founder of Real Time In Ink, a newsletter that delivers personal narrative graphic stories about growing up in The Soviet Union, a broad range of topics from NYC life, people, parenting, arts, cats, food, to travel and, of course, scary crazy Russians.
Dasha Zibrova’s Website