Book 10 – Cheryl Penn/Petru Viljoen (Collaborative Verse)
Extinction is The Strangest Way
Extinction came about when Petru told me of her similar interest in lost words – words which have fallen from grace. http://phrontistery.info/clw1.html The poem begins and ends with words like fallaciloquence (speaking deceitfully) and purloise (nope, don’t know that one, but much else happens in-between.
3.0 # 13 (Before the e word) Edition of 10 books. No. 4/10. Using a variety of mixed media, including photographic slides mounted in plastic and card frames and chemically treated photographic images to harken back to a time before e things, that is – “Before e news, email, digital house plans, tickets (Opal Card), digital prints, we had hand made, hand printed, hand stamped, paper documents”, Judy has created a wonderful hand-made book. “We stitched our own clothes, wrote letters by hand and posted them using stamps. Mail art exchange projects are part of this hand made idea”. We had “maps printed on large sheets of paper and hand written letters” – but now? “Now we have e mail, e cards, e news, e plans and e tickets.” Somewhere in all this huff and puff though, we as book artists are granted the luxury of reveling in REAL things, like Judy has.
A Written Oracle A late addition, but an old book – dated April 20102 – a million years ago – see http://cherylpenn.com/wpb/?s=a+written+oracle for the full story.
I’m taking ‘oracle’ here as a vision or a forewarning – Torquin you see, a Genki from my dream series makes an appearance and from the cover I knew this tale, whatever it is was going to be good. This is STILL one of my favorite photographs taken by Marie – I think in Prague? After wading through books with covers older than 200 years, holding words as sprightly as toddlers, Autumn falls into The Bookworms Soup of the day – it’s an Alphabetical Soup for the Immediate Propagation of Ideas (ASIPI). Autumn tells Torquin they HAVE to start their own business – “growing Bookworms. A whole Garden of them – A Plantation of BookWorms – as Autumn notes – “Filiberts Bookmark Plantation is well known beyond the borders of Tachiwara”.
THE LUNCH THE GRAVEL
Edition of 75 copies, copy no.17.
This small poetry book makes one wonder where travelling with words as they wind their own way through the unconscious will lead one. the brick, the heel, the swift, the sure, the churl, the itch, the soon, the seen – and I’m only half way – after all – “lunch and lunge, again”.
3.0 # 13 (Imagine)
Handmade edition of books no. 6/10. Charred words, torn and scattered, pages held together by the most delicate of threads, text and images strewn in a sense that perhaps only holds sway with their mediator – as the title suggests, the artist asks us to imagine. I asked Anete about her book and her response was “My second name is silence, silence is my religion and a way of living. I prefer that my works speak for themselves…or speak nothing at all”.
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”.