3.0 # 13 (My First Little Book of Fears) (edition 2 of 12) Collaborating an the artists book website has enabled me to come into contact with such diversity of styles, knowledge and The Art of other book artists. Such effort has gone into these collaborations and it is a gift to receive these books. Take Robyn’s for example. It “contains hand drawn and lettered pages using pen and gouache, outlining different phobias with accompanying illustrations”.
“It is meant to imitate the style of a young child’s storybook with simple illustrations and lettering in bright primary colours of yellow and red. Red being a common colour to represent fear and danger.
As I was making it I was imagining a young child creating this book to outline, understand and chronicle newly discovered fears, as childhood seems to be when the catalysts for these phobias take shape. We all have things we feel antipathy towards or have an aversion to but the formation of phobias piques my interest, the how and why of someone becoming so fearful of everyday objects and events as to render them helpless when confronted by their fear”.
ISAIAH Book 3 – (30:22 – 44:22). Writing out extant scripture is a meditative process, making one aware of text, word by single word.
From Isaiah 32, we look forward in hope to the time of the King reigning in righteousness and princes ruling with justice. Where, the foolish person will no longer be called generous and the miser said to be bountiful. The schemes of the schemer are seen to be malicious and the effects of justice and righteousness will be peace, quietness and assurance forever. I would not like to wander the world without Godly direction and a worldview generated by self. Somehow, it seems the puniest ambition in light of all that is promised.
Uli’s skull series is a very clever concept – what happens within the head reflected by the shape of the artists skull. Its hundreds of pages of difficult art history condensed into a shape – a very clever learning tool.
Winding its way through art movements, Uli’s book gives us visual clues to the essences of form as generally perceived to represent each art period. The book ends with Neoism – an active, definition disputed, subculture of experimental and performance art. “Great confusion”, “radical play” and intense parody are intrinsic to this ‘ism’ and that, being such an open ism means the last skull has no closure. Thanks Uli for this wonderful surprise – great to see you in the mail again.
The origins of this book are hidden deep in our hearts, but its good that finally It Is. A complex work which took time to develop, waited in a drawer for two years, but was finally bound on 20th August 2014.
Little Stories (another version) (2 copies – one to C. Mehrl Bennett (USA)
This book came about quite by accident, while contemplating the content for a book I was making on C. Mehrl Bennett. Looking at her stamps I had the idea to use her stamp number as a page reference and randomly choose two/three/four words which decided to go together. The stamp sheet is named/numbered LITTLE STORIES No 5. of 25 No 1 SERIES. There are 24 stamps on the sheet and I have worked from top left corner to bottom right corner.
1001 nights sprang out from the book shelf (as it has a habit of doing). It’s the 1937 version published by P.F. Collier & Son Corp.
Thanks Shining C - this ones for U.
Natural disasters invoke fear – in the face of nature – the handwork of God, all men must stand in dread – if they have any sense. With all the ingenuity at their disposal, mankind is powerless in the face of such destructive forces. We can only stand in awe. The Book of Joel begins with such a description – a plague of ravening locusts. The destructiveness of the plague, unknown to most western climes acts as a vivid warning of the power of The Almighty’s coming judgments and an appeal to run to Him for mercy – in a day when He might be found. “The day of the LORD” – a common theme in the Old Testament is double edged; a time of darkness, gloom and judgment juxtaposed with deliverance and restoration. We’re heading for “a time of trouble “such as never was” (even non-religious people feel this) – choices have to be made.