Mehrl C Bennett by Cheryl Penn
The Name of Mehrl C Bennett’s blog is OVER THE SOFA/UNDER THE SKIN/INSIDE THE HEAD and I get the feeling, that in all those places, she is full functioning, all the time every minute she breathes.
I set out the book using certain words which CMB uses in a poem titled My Momento - for example:
See u-tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNvu_iqCFPc
“Vocabulary lists (numbers refer to first page of stories) from the back section of an old children’s school book were scanned, edited, and sometimes rearranged into small lists which make up “Little Stories”, all set into a visual and audio framework” . All media aspects were designed by artist/poet/musician C. Mehrl Bennett in May of 2014″.
Through her blog, http://cmehrlbennett.wordpress.com we are constantly invited to look into the recesses and bright joys of CMB’s world. For example – entry dated June 1st 2014 – “Our Memorial Day weekend involved dinner served up on this year’s new back yard patio with special guest, Edward Lense, who has written collaborative cinquains with us before so was not surprised when I brought out my little notebook after we ate.
And there’s the matter of Asemic Shadows – a beautifully made small accordion book. Collaboration works on many levels – it’s a self sustaining sport of the greatest pleasure – while making this book, Little Stories another version pushed itself through. In conclusion – to quote :
Another wonderful issue of Zine in a Box from TICTAC (Germany). I am always AMAZED at her creativity.
List of contributors of issue 6
Angela Behrendt, Germany
Bifidus Jones, USA
Carlos Iglesias Botana, Spain
Cesar Reglero Campos, Spain
Cheryl Penn, South Africa
Christian Alle, France
Eduardo Cardoso, Portugal
Elke Grundmann, Germany
Fabrice Riviere, Belgium
Guido Vermeulen, Belgium
Heinz W. Lotz, Germany
Henning Mittendorf, Germany
Jürgen O. Olbrich, Germany
Kazuri Murakami, Japan
Lamberto Caravita, Italy
Maurizio Follin, Italy
Roland Halbritter, Germany
Svenja Wahl, Germany
Tiziana Baracchi, Italy
Walter Pennacchi, Italy
Wilma Duguay, Canada
The days are catapulting towards the Exhibition An Encyclopedia of Everything and Other Matters. The doodle call has yielded 4 books for the collection – I just have to bind the other two sets. America gets its own book and closing the set are the doodles received from RCBz. True Doodles I think. I had to dig deep into a packet of other delights from him, and there they were nestling.
Light as air as I sometimes imagine TICTAC to be, her doodles actually let on more than she thinks – I think!
I have not traded much with Meal Agar (Turkey) so it was good to see she returned the doodle sheet – Venus of Willendorf inspired??
Frieder Speck is one of my favorite drawers – I think he uses two hand techniques and blind drawing at times, but emotion and life shine through.
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.