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Artwork date(s): 2010

Cheryl Gage

Description: The book “reGENEration” has eight loose-leafed pages. The pages/tablets are flat squares, and are isometric in the axis of reading. The eight pages denote the four stages of the metamorphosis of the African Monarch Butterfly: pupa, larva, chrysalis, and butterfly; each stage being represented both conceptually and figuratively. The sizing of the page/tablets, the imagery, and the grouping of the information is informed by the Fibonacci numbering: 13, 8, 5, 3, 2,1. The pages of the book are housed in a semi-transparent box, representing the chrysalis state of the butterfly before it takes flight to initiate the whole cycle of regeneration once again.

Medium: Hardboard, perspex, acrylic, acetate and digital prints
Measurements: 140mm x 140mm x 50mm
Inscription: Signed and dated by the artist
Edition: Unique

Type: South African Artists Book

Place publication: (Johannesburg, RSA)
Publisher: Cheryl Gage, Saxonwold Studio

Reference noteLoose-leaf tablets with brass corner clasps each engraved and acrylic painted on one side, verso digital photographic print with acetate overlay. Housed in carved hardboard box with drypoint etched and inked Perspex lid.

Exhibition notesIncluded on the exhibition 'Transgressions and Boundaries of the Page', exhibited at WOORDFEES 2010. Archive Room in JS Gericke Library, University of Stellenbosch, 1st - 6th March 2010; The Gallery of the North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, 15th April - 13th May 2010; the FADA Gallery, Faculty of Art Design and Architecture, University of Johannesburg, 12th – 30th July 2010.

Ref: DP10/47

Images courtesy Wessie van der Westhuizen NWU
Total images: 4

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