“I compare my work to architecture. I don’t build villas, I build social housing. The books are industrially made and they need to be made very well. I am all for industrial production. I hate one-offs. On one book you can do anything, but if you do a print run, that is a challenge. It’s never art. Never, never, never.”
Big books. Rare reads. Stories told in all shapes and sizes. Irma Boom has been described as the "Queen of Books". Irma is bold and experimental, challenging the convention of traditional books in both physical design and printed content. Commissioned by the Rijksmuseum, Boom spent ten years deconstructing the museum's paintings to create a DNA of six colours that make up the painting.
LOQI Irma Boom Collection
Jacob Marrel Two Tulips, 1637-45 & Irma Boom DNA 03
Pearlescent pinks. Fresh fuchsias. Grassy greens. Representational on one side, abstract on the other. It's same, same but totally different with Irma Boom's modern take on Jacob Marrel's 17th century masterpiece. © Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
Johannes Vermeer The Milkmaid, 1658-60 & Irma Boom DNA 19
Luminescent yellows. Bold blues. The lightest of whites. Representational on one side, abstract on the other. It's same, same but totally different with Irma Boom's modern take on Vermeer's 17th century masterpiece. © Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
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