HOOFSTUK II / CHAPTER II (2015)
Type of book work: Editioned / printed work
Artist's / designer's statements
Accordion-fold artist's book in a handmade solander box, handbound by the artist.
Through painting I observed the distinctly layered nature of my life, each translucent layer adding depth to the next layer; the surface and that which lies beneath becoming inseparable. To express this layered experience I photographed the process of brush-to-board-to-turpentine and the accidental marks and 'mess' which these movements left behind. These photographic documents, highly layered in their own right, formed the next layer of my analogy; essentially portraying the ephemerality and fleetingness of my everyday life.
Layered paint to photograph and finally to intricately bound artists' books. The artist's book as object provided a way of gathering all these layered experiences and expressing them as a visual story; the accordion-fold bind provided the possibility of viewing the content like a long, in-depth, inner-and outer journey. The final analogy, like the very nature of these artists' books, is dependent on how you choose to view them; will you combine the various spreads to create an entirely new narrative, or will you unfold the artists' books and journey along their length, or you will you simply flip open the cover, stroke a page or two and then move on?