Narcissist’s Library

Narcissist's Library by Nava Atlas

The Narcissist’s Library, an installation-based exhibit-in-progress is comprised of a series of pieces that add up to an immersive experience; yet most can stand alone as individual works of art. The personal becomes political and vice versa, in these subversions of the familiar and mundane. This installation need not be exhibited on blue walls, or any specific kind of space; painting part of my studio blue allowed the series to have a certain enclosure as I documented its progress. This installation is envisioned to become specific to whatever kind of space in which it is displayed.

For a full proposal in pdf format, link here: Narcissist’s Library full proposal

Narcissist's Library installation view 1

Narcissist’s Library installation view 2

Let’s face it — we’re all narcissists to some degree. Even those of us who are altruists and activists are self-involved; we see the world through our own biases, insecurities, and idiosyncrasies. This ongoing series repurposes books and other objects to reflect on the ego-driven thoughts and behaviors many of us share. The over-the-top narcissism that’s played out in the public and political arenas is given a subtle nod.

Encyclopedia of Human Behavior by Nava Atlas

Encyclopedia of Human Behavior | Altered books, mixed media, and digital prints |12”w x 18”w x 12”w, 2016

This installation in progress was documented in the artist’s studio. The bookshelf elements will be further developed and pushed to a more realistic presentation to tie in with the individual pieces. More furniture and interactive elements are being developed as well.

 

Narcissist's Library by Nava Atlas installation view

Narcissist’s Library installation view 3

Here are some individual pieces from the series:

Tragic Tales of My Not-Quite-LIfe by Nava Atlas

Tragic Tales of My Not-Quite Life | Found objects, mixed media, and digital prints | 39”w x 39” h, 2016

Tragic Tales of My Not-Quite-Life detail by Nava Atlas

Tragic Tales of My Not-Quite-Life detail

My Brush with Death by Nava Atlas

My Brush with Death | Altered books, found objects and digital prints | 21”w x 18”h, 2016

Scientific American by Nava Atlas

Scientific American | Altered books and digital prints |10”w x 6”h x 6”d, 2017

Through Frida Kahlo’s Pain by Nava Atlas

Through Frida Kahlo’s Pain | Found objects and digital prints | 20”w x 24”h, 2016

Encyclopedia of regrets II by Nava Atlas

Encyclopedia of Regrets |Found objects and digital prints 18”w x 28”h, | 2016

Narcissist's Library by Nava Atlas installation view

Narcissist’s Library installation view 4

Above is a sampling of the pieces in this series. For more, please link to the pdf in the first paragraph of this post.