Online art exhibitionLong Live the Book

Long Live the Book by Jodi Wiley

Artist bio

Jodi Wiley is a Melbourne artist who is interested in the themes of nostalgia, memory, place and the way we make meaning from personal narratives. She works primarily in acrylic and watercolour.

Jodi has been a past winner of the Darebin Art Prize and was awarded Highly Commended in the 2015 Nillumbik Art Prize for her painting Afternoon light. She has been a finalist in the Kennedy Prize, the Banyule Award for Works on Paper, the Agendo Art Prize and the Gallipoli Art Prize.

Her work has been acquired by several councils and is in many private collections.

Artist statement

Personal book collections serve as a kind of autobiography and sometimes, for the incurable bibliophile, they’re hard to cull.

Physical books imprint in our minds not only the stories within their pages but memories of who gave them to us, where we bought them or first borrowed them and what was happening in our lives at that time. We imbue them with much more meaning than an ebook read on a device.

Despite the reality that most of our communication is now digital, the paper and ink book isn't going anywhere.

This exhibition of watercolour and ink paintings pays homage to the beautiful, tactile nature of physical books and the place they hold in every passionate reader’s heart.


The artist in studio

When (online exhibition)

  • Thursday, 17 September 2020 | 12:00 PM - Sunday, 08 November 2020 | 11:59 PM