Well, all good things come to an end I’m told, with the exhibition very well attended, and receiving good write ups. While taking it down, Carol Brown (a well known curator) came and borrowed about 15 books which are going on exhibition as a section of An Encyclopedia of Everything on a paper art exhibition in Reunion. She took books by Stephanie Turnbull (UK), Martine Rastelllo (France), Petru Viljoen (South Africa), Catherine Mc Cue Boes (Australia), TICTAC (Germany), Marcela Peral (Argentina) and myself. There were of course many other books she wanted but these were easiest to display as most were accordion format and very sturdy. It was HARD parting with them let me tell you! The first part of the catalogue is finished and I am waiting for my web controller (is that what he’s called?) to put it up on my book site. It is 222 pages long and is a list, text and image of all the books received from participants. My books will come as document 2 as I was afraid of a file explosion! Photographs taken on the last day and while taking down.
This time courtesy of Paulo Menezes – many thanks Paulo. Website: paulomenezes.co.za
Another book not blogged prior to setting up, but which forms part of the Encyclopedia:
Meditation Boards All Pal’s visual work I have seen is expressive and his books really well made. Much of his work is abstract in nature and in this instance, the use of the word ‘meditation” indicates his continued awareness of the unconscious. I found evidence of this interst and preoccupation on his wordpress site where his most current exhibition is written of in the following terms:
“What is reality and what is the reality of our response, (to any) internal reaction. The human soul is full of unconscious desires and emotions. They often run ‘contrary’ to our world outside. Opposition due to the inner world, the consciousness of the elements of interest. The internal forces such as resistors come up against them and “incompatible” desire to expel from consciousness. These elements ousted then we know nothing. I’m looking for and would like to express these unconscious elements.” I can see such thoughts at work in this book – “the unknown in the known”. see http://palcsaba.wordpress.com
Dream Series While still a very active Mail Artist, I made a series of works that were firmly entwined in 3 distinct experiences; the first being a re-reading of The Island of Dr Moreau. It’s a physiological nightmare read for me, so its bound to evoke creative response. Secondly, while driving to work, I watched the steady decay of a house that stood in a disused sugar plantation. Obviously before the main road was built, or, when it was more of track, the building would not have stood so close to the road, but now it was partly exposed. I took photographs when I remembered, and this became known as the ‘house on the hill’. It was filled with an odd assortment of squatters and there was a HUGE Do Not Trespass sign, so I snapped images from the moving car – NOT ideal. My version of the inhabitants became the material for the dream series. The third experience was accompanying one of my students to a house, which belonged her childhood friend on the Stainbank Reserve in Yellowood Park. The house – called The Castle had historically been the large family home but was later abandoned for smaller properties on the estate. I’m not too certain of the history of the place, but Jessica gained us entrance into the house, which was hired out to a French movie company who were filming. It was obviously quite staged and as a film set, authentic to the plot which involved a mad man of one or another sort. ANYWAY – that was not of huge interest to me, rather, I was far more curious about the abandoned servant/slave quarters. They set the scene for another work – The Ghostwriter, as well as worming their way into the Dream Series. The pieces, which make up the book are what I managed to salvage from the series which was posted throughout the world. I wonder where they all wound up?
3.0 #13 (2)
The mention of e. e. cummings wrenched me back to primary school, back to the very eccentric teaching methods of Mrs Washington. As mad as she was, and too quick with her metal ruler, she made a lasting impression – and not just of fear! “Six geometric images portraying aspects of two separate parts or halves. A quote from e.e.cummings and image captions extend the idea. Digital images chine-collé on Mulberry paper mounted on Lenox paper, text Lithos Pro. Cover : bookcloth on board”.
3.0#13 (Making Paper from Clothes)
(Accordion book, hard cover no. 1/10).
Inspired by “a project run by the Peace Paper Project called panty pulping http://www.dailyillini.com/news/campus/article_2328ecf4-4a67-11e3-a246-001a4bcf6878.html (where) participants were asked to bring along underwear and clothing to turn into paper. This book is a combination of handmade papers from socks, knickers and a vest, alongside letterpress, lino cuts and embossing”. Papermaking is a wonderful skill and hugely rewarding. Ok, I have never been able to make paper with the right ‘sound’ – yes, good paper has a frequency, but my efforts have always been rewarding. As a printer I’m guessing a large part of Stephanie’s repertoire is on her own paper?? For a condensed history of papermaking, this is a quick read: http://users.stlcc.edu/nfuller/paper/
Placed among the hagiographa, the contents of the book of Ruth follow directly on from the book of Judges, providing a historical account of the ancestors of king David. Two gentile women from hostile nations are incorporated into the line of David and hence of the Messiah through the line of Judah – Tamar the Canaanite and Ruth of Moab.