Joy Campbell Santa Fe Book Artist

Artist Statement

An altered book uses mixed media to transform an ordinary well-worn loved book into a dynamic sculptural form that alters its very soul. I have adopted the following definition of the altered book to best define my art pieces: An altered book is "the art of upcycling, deconstructing, and reimagining the book."* It is the process of recycling discarded books and deconstructing the text by various means which might include: folding, tearing, cutting, painting, burning,etc. The result is a work of art that is defined as book art.

*Jason Thompson, Playing With Books


Joy Campbell is a life long resident of New Mexico. She and her husband chose Santa Fe as their retirement community and often sign up for classes at the Santa Fe Community College.

In 2004, Joy took a basic Book Art Class and found her passion for making books, especially altered books. She enjoys the recycling process of taking an old, torn, discarded book and resurrecting it into a beautiful, sculptural piece of art. The sculptures may be inspired by the title of the book or the history that permeates the pages.

Joy is a member of the Santa Fe Book Art Group and past member of the governing board of the group. She has studied advanced techniques of book binding under the following world renowned book artists: Tim Ely, Hedi Kyle, Paul Johnson, Emily Martin, Peter and Donna Thomas, Nancy Culmone, Andi Thram, Beata Wehr, Priscilla Spitler and Emily Martin.