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Artists Books 2012-2014

A SELECTION OF MY ARTISTS BOOKS FROM 2012 - 2014

Back to the Front 2014
Landscape concertina book
Digital photographs with white charcoal drawing on Canson paper, 
Cover of paper and leather with white tooling.
11 x 30 x 1 cm. 4 metres opened.  5 Edition variee
Held in Collections of Janet Holmes a Court, Perth, Redland Art Gallery, Brisbane,
State Library of Qld, Brisbane and Private collection Brisbane.

My contemporary photographs of some of the battlefields in France and Belgium
where the Australian Army fought - Pozieres, Mouquet Farm, Messines Ridge and
Villers-Bretonneux were transformed digitally into the dark brown muddy, unreal
 and deathly landscapes of WWI France.  Drawings of crosses in white charcoal were added as symbols of the dead.  The viewer is invited to travel back in time and reflect on the horrific reality of the Western Front and the price that had to be paid for peace.






Si vis pacem, para bellum (If you seek peace, prepare for war) 2014
Simplified binding with alternate short and long pages
Digital photos and white charcoal drawing, cover of  paper and leather with white tooling.
14 x 18 x 2 cm.  Edition of 3
Made specifically to the measurements 14 x 18 for the exhibition
Pieces for Peace 14 x 18, held in Ypres, Belgium 21 Nov - 13 Dec 2014.

The text contains quotes by Australian soldiers who served in WW1 about the horrific
reality they faced on the Western Front.  My own photographs of he battlefields in France and Belgium were digitally transformed into dark and deathly landscapes with the addition of white charcoal drawings of crosses as a symbol of those who died fighting for peace.





- + =  (Minus Plus Equal) 2014
A collaboration with Jack Oudyn
Set of two concertinas in folders in perspex box
Linocut composite prints. 21 x 28 cm. Edition of 5

An exploration of positive and negative space.
Each artist made ten small linocut  blocks.  Twelve images were chosen for the
final composition and were handprinted in black ink on white paper and white ink on black paper.





Chance 2014
Collaboration with Jack Oudyn
Dos-a-dos book
Drawings of gouache, pencil, ink with collage and rubber stamps.
Cover of Kraft card with linocut by Jack Oudyn. 21 x 15 x 2 cm
Held in the Manly Library Artists Book Collection, Sydney







Paper, Scissors, Uluru  (Respect our laws and Culture) 2013
Collaborative Book with Jack Oudyn
Folded page book structure in box
Laser printed images of waxed drawing, collage, painting and Chinese paper covered boards painted with earth pigments, acrylic and xanthorrhoea resin.  10.5 x 9.5 x 1.5 cm.

A mark of respect for the laws and culture of the Anangu people based on the complex meanings of the Tjukurpa, the foundations of indigenous culture.  The pages suggest the glowing and changing colours of Uluru and also contain some of the conventions of maps and symbols of our culture.
The local Anangu people do not climb Uluru and ask visitors to respect their laws and culture -
Wanyu Ulurunya Tatintia Wiyangku Wantima






Bloom 2013
Folded page Dome book variation
Cut and shaped linocuts on Canson paper.
25.5 x 14 x 2 cm

A sculptural interpretation of a flower in full bloom






Absence 2013
Simplified binding
Inkjet prints of drawings on Fabriano Artistico paper with gouache painting added later.
20 x 16.5 x 1 cm.
1 unique and Edition of 6

Part of the Al Mutanabbi Street starts Here Artists book project,  Absence reflects on the loss of life in the car bomb attack on the literary and intellectual community on Al-Mutanabbi Street of
booksellers in Bagdad in March 2007.  A mathematical tiling pattern has been used as a metaphor for the intellectual community and Islamic culture and also acts as a map of the area of Baghdad.
These tiling patterns were used from medieval times on architectural surfaces and in
book illumination.







That Unbearable Lightness 2012
Double sided circular concertina book with perfect style binding
Inkjet print of  pen and ink sgraffito drawings on Fabriano paper.
12 x 9.5 x 7 cm.   Edition of 15 and 2 AP all in collections.
Made as part of Book Art Object

The structure of the book makes reference to the physical symptoms of vertigo and addresses the psychological vertigo described by Milan Kundera in his novel The Unbearable Lightness of Being.
It poses the philosophical question of Kundera's book - Is vertigo the lightness or
heaviness of existence?










Un Chartered Democracy 2012
Inward folding book with multiple Turkish map fold pages.
Cover of inkjet print, ribbon and sealing wax.
Inkjet prints of Islamic patterns, a pianola music roll and drawings with added pencil.
21 x 15 x 3 cm.  Edition of 20.  Made as part of Book Art Object and all in collections.

This book uses the idea of a charter as an official written contract between two parties, the US Government and soldiers serving on its behalf.  A small number of US soldiers in Afghanistan  have committed atrocities whilst serving their country and its promotion of democracy.  Their actions were disrespectful, unethical, unacceptable, unauthorised, unchartered.







True Grit 2012
Fold out book
Mounted linocuts and collaged digital prints on Fabriano Artistico paper.
14.5 x 14.5 x 1 cm.  Edition of 20.  Made as part of Book Art Object.

Asylum seekers who flee their homeland and undertake risky journeys with people
smugglers in a desperate attempt to find freedom and peace possess
unfaltering courage.......true grit.







Ten Books on Architecture  2012 and 2013
Ten different book structures of various materials, most linked to a particular architect
and one to an architecutral style.
Size when closed in box 37 x 17 x 10 cm.
Version 1 made in 2006 and 2 and 3 made as commissions.

Using architecture as an analogy for building a book structure, this work references the
Ten Books on Architecture by Vitruvius, De Architettura (c.40BC), and Alberti's
De re Aedificatoria (1452).
In the collections of The Pratt Institute, New York, USA (2) State Library of Queensland, Brisbane,
Australia (3).  Version 1 (2006) in a private collection in Australia.



Vitruvius

Suger
Brunelleschi
Alberti
Mackintosh
Le Corbusier
Mies Van der Rohe
Pei
Libeskind
Queenslander - Clutha