Louise Jennison
A Flight of Twelve Southern Hemisphere Birds
16 page concertina artists’ book, single-colour lithographic offset print with pencil on Fabriano Artistico 300gsm traditional white hot-press paper
Printed by Redwood Prints
Edition of 10


This artists’ book was launched alongside A Year of Southern Hemisphere Birds on Wednesday the 23rd of October in the Leigh Scott Room of the Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne, 2013. It was opened by writer and curator, John Kean, accompanied by an explorer’s narrative by Gracia Haby.

It features the hand-coloured portraits of the Yellow-billed Kingfisher (Syma torotoro); Red-rumped Parrot (Psephotus haematonotus); Crested Jay (Platylophus galericulatus); Yellow-fronted Woodpecker (Melanerpes flavifrons); Southern Boobook (Ninox novaeseelandiae); Grey-rumped Treeswift (Hemiprocne longipennis); Kakapo (Strigops habroptilus); Red Knot (Calidris canutus); Superb Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus superbus); Rufous Hornero (Furnarius rufus); Antarctic Tern (Sterna vittata); and the Shaft-tailed Whydah (Vidua regia).

In both works, the bird is shown as living creature to respect and to be in awe of, and as something not so very different to ourselves. The homes we build, the lives we lead, the desires we hold, the foods we eat, the patterns we form, the knowledge we hold, and our means to survive: are not we all more similar than not?


Editions of this artists’ book reside in various collections, including the University of Melbourne Library, the State Library of Victoria, the State Library of New South Wales, the State Library of Queensland, and Monash University Library.

An edition of this artists’ book was exhibited as part of the 2014 National Works on Paper exhibition at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery. The work was acquired with funds from the Mornington Peninsula Shire.