Tracey Tofield has worked in collaboration with bookbinder and photographer, Deidre Thompson for many years. They installed ‘No one will be as interested as your own mind’ at the XL (Ex Libris) Gallery at Newcastle University in 2011.
The installation dealt with the complex history of the site which housed the Fine Art Library from 1910-2006 and is now a gallery and projects space.
The Indian philosopher, librarian and inventor, S.R. Ranganathan came up with The five laws of Library Science, widely accepted by librarians across the world. They are;
1. Books are for use.
2. Every reader his (or her) book.
3. Every book has its reader.
4. Save the time of the reader.
5. The library is a growing organism.
The exhibition 'No One will be as interested as your own mind' contained-over 600 pages/works of painting, collage, drawing and video. The images and words encased in book format reflect the intimacy and ‘primary’ relationship between artist and viewer/reader.
The book form is an intimate, portable, practical medium. It has been a significant, direct, reflective, and practical ‘means of production’ for Tracey Tofield to develop her practice alongside parenthood and teaching/financial commitments.