Art is off the page at festival in Claremont

Collage artist Clare Celeste Borsch delved into the birds and plants of Australia for the Off the Page festival in Claremont. Pic: Andrew Ritchie.
Collage artist Clare Celeste Borsch delved into the birds and plants of Australia for the Off the Page festival in Claremont. Pic: Andrew Ritchie.

NATURE captivated collage artist Clare Celeste Borsch to create an exhibit for the Off The Page literature-inspired art festival in Claremont.

“It is inspired by pop-up books and it’s made so people can feel how they can dive into a book,” Ms Borsch said.

The US-born German artist’s exhibit Bounty features the birds and plants of Australia.

Off the Page’s international contingent is completed by the UK paper artist Jaqui Symons and Gunjan Aylawadi, who is originally from India

Another 12 WA and national artists created art installations from paper, used and discarded books for the festival.

The public can walk Claremont’s central streets to visit the 15 businesses exhibiting the artworks.

Ms Borsch spent several days constructing Bounty after arriving from Germany with its paper parts in her suitcases.

She said Off the Page was special for artists because it took art to the public in unexpected places, like the businesses around Claremont.

“Using retail and business hubs to display artworks was met with great enthusiasm by artists, visitors and exhibition hosts,” Claremont Mayor Jock Barker said.

Off the Page exhibits are at Empire Homewares, Topdeck Paints, Dilettante, the Claremont Hotel, Claremont Quarter, Claremont Community Hub, Cultstatus, Elle et Lui, GPs and Bayview, Nolita Caf, Jac + Jack, Ricarda, Monde Design, The Lane books and Claremont Council until Sunday, May 12.

The second Off The Page is held in conjunction with its sister showcase, Scribblers Festival for children’s literature and art.