Artists Books 2018-2017-2016-2015

Time and Place 2018
Adapted flag book structure of Arches HP Watercolour paper and papyrus.
Artwork in gouache, ink and digital prints as collage. Prints taken
from the book "Oud Nieuw Oost Indien vervattende"
published in Amsterdam in 1726.
40 x 40 cm. displayed, 41 x 9 x 7 cm in box

The 'Place' referred to in this artwork is the region around the 180th meridian now known as the
International Date Line.  Inspired by Umberto Eco's novel The Island of the Day Before
set around 1643, this artists book explores the difficulty of navigation before the invention of
reliable marine chronometers.  Sea captains relied on 'dead reckoning' - a mixture of time and 
place calculated with celestial objects and an array of times from their unreliable 
timekeepers.  They were searching for the 'punto fijo' (thought to pass through the Fijian islands -
named Prins Willem Eilanden by Abel Tasman).  It was suggested in the novel that at the 'punto fijo' one could move back and forth between today and yesterday.

The Ruin of Ruins 2017.
Digital Print and collage in a Flag book variant 21 x 7 cm.

A personal expression of the tragic war in Syria and the 
needless and wilful destruction of the important historical site of Palmyra.  
Destroying a people's historical and cultural sites is an attempt to 
erase them from history and memory. 

The Sunken Boat 2016
Flexible and sculptural etched perspex book 20 x 10 x 2.5 cm.

The etchings depict moving currents, waves an water , 
fish, debris and bodies signified by a cross -
 a reflection on refugees who have lost their lives in Australian waters.

The Legacy of Absence and Silence 2016
Book of multiple concertinas with ink and pencil drawing, prints and
 image transfer on Fabriano paper. 75 x 15 x 5 cm.

The search for identity and belonging, the desire 
to be part of a larger shared history and cultural background, 
but glimpses only of the past can be seen, never the full story.

The Legacy of Silence 2016
French simplified binding, ink and pencil drawings, prints and 
image transfer on Fabriano paper. 37.5 x  17.5 x 1.5 cm.

An exploration of identity and belonging of those people 
whose forbears settled in Australia from the early days of 
settlement throughout the 19th century.

The Future of an Illusion 2016
A collaboration with Jack Oudyn
Book of multiple concertinas. Acrylic, gouache, ink and soluble carbon 
and image transfer on Arches HP and Canson card. 25 x 29 x 2 cm. 
4 Originals

This book is about the processes the body goes through after death 
and the belief systems associated with death. Text used in the
book sourced from The Future of an Illusion by Sigmund Freud
and Being Dead by Jim Crace.  The side concertinas explore the 
physical changes over a period of time and include image transfers 
of scientific anatomical drawings. They includes a skull as an art historical
reference to the Vanitas still lifes of the 17th century and 
reminds the viewer of the transience of early existence. 
The middle section contains a void leading nowehere.

Slim Chance 2015
A collaboration with Jack Oudyn
Dos-a-Dos book of Kraft card.
Drawings with gesso, gouache, fresh turmeric, ink, pencil, and
 collage on Kraft paper. 21 x `15 x 2 cm. Edition of 4

The artists exchanged ten lines of text by email and each responded 
with a drawing on the plight of refugees
no longer being settled in Australia and facing uncertain futures.  

Makes No Sense 2015
Small booklet using cards as covers from the exhibition of Back to the Front (2014)
sent back from France.
Inkjet print of etching of black ink on card
Edition of 20

The title refers to WWI and the booklet contains pages turned sideways, upside down
and in no logical sequence.  The cover was also coated with ink and the scratched surface
is raised like a wound or scar.

Les Fleurs du Mal 2015
Folded page Dome book
Linocuts and walnut ink on Canson Paper. 25 x 14 x 2.4 cm.

A visual and sculptural interpretation of the poem Correspondences 
from Les Fleurs du Mal by Charles Baudelaire.
The text is written in expressive lettering on the cover and the book box.

The Presence and Absence of the Light 2015
A collaboration with Jack Oudyn
3D Linocut print 20 x 25 cm. Edition of 10

Made for the Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here printmaking exhibitions, 
The artwork combines a linocut of an Islamic screen with openings
 to let in the light of the world, with other openings blocked by an aggressive black 
arrow moving across the screen.  The underlying abstract asemic writing
contains the jumbled letters of Al Mutanabbi Street Starts Here.

Into the Void 2015
(Into the Void at the space between day and night)
Tapering double-sided Fan book
Ink and gouache on Arches paper. 28 x 14 x 8 cm

The figures disappearing into sunset on the white side
have turned into ghostly outlines on the back.

Family Secrets 2015
4 Victorian Puzzle purses mounted onto 4 boards in folding leather cover.
Inkjet prints on tea-stained Arches paper, Leather. 19.5 x 14.5 x 4 cm.

The structure makes the four booklets difficult to access.
Each booklet contains a family secret that in past times the family
would not have wanted revealed.  The chosen font is difficult to read 
and it is without spacing but it can be deciphered.

The One Pound Pom 2015
Concertina book in canvas cover in box 
Inkjet print on Arches paper with ink drawing, rubber stamps, 
sealing wax, linen thread, satay sticks, copper shim. 25 x 22 x 2 cm

Using official printed documents, this book represents a convict ship and is based on
the historical story of the trial and transportation to Australia of Timothy Dempsey in 1821. He was found guilty of having a forged one pound note in his possession, and the official reproduction
of the one pound note is used as the sail.  The copper coins represent the convict love tokens often given to loved ones on departure for the unknown.  Timothy was given a ticket of leave after seven years and was granted a Certificate of Freedom after his fourteen year sentence and became a prosperous citizen in the Bathurst region.