Artists' Books 2012–2018

 

Our artists' books can be found in the collections of: Artspace Mackay; Bibliotheca Librorum Apud Artificem; Deakin University Library; Melbourne Museum; Melbourne University Library; Monash University Library; National Gallery of Australia; National Gallery of Victoria; National Library of Australia; RMIT University Library; State Library of New South Wales; State Library of Victoria; State Library of Queensland; Tate (UK); UWE Bristol (UK). 

We are besotted with paper for its adaptable, foldable, cut-able, concealable, revealing nature. In our artists' books, prints, zines, drawings, and collages too, we use an armoury of play, humour, and perhaps the poetic and familiar too, with the intention of luring you in.

The animal is oft present and easily detectable, the centre of our paper stage. Hard to miss, over here and over there, the animal runs up hills, scales rooftops, and sometimes appears to take flight. Gliding through a scene it is too large to be contained within or perhaps too manmade to call home, that it has a tail or feathers or furred muzzle is not solely why its form appears. For us, the animal is there to question our very behaviour, those moral principles one governs the self by, and to explore our relationship with the natural world. The words of Gogol whisper in the ear, "the longer and more carefully we look at a funny story, the sadder it becomes." And so, we leave our scenes open-ended, inviting you to ponder and perhaps find that things are not always as they first appear.

Disrupted and rumpled ,  Dim wood, spark bright , and  A warmed pebble in my hand , 2017

Disrupted and rumpled, Dim wood, spark bright, and A warmed pebble in my hand, 2017

Closer to Natural , 2016

Closer to Natural, 2016

Because I Like You , 2016

Because I Like You, 2016

Salvaged Relatives , edition I, 2014–2015

Salvaged Relatives, edition I, 2014–2015

Under the water, with a two-colour eye-glass, something similar , 2014

Under the water, with a two-colour eye-glass, something similar, 2014

The Loon of Swan Hill seeks an audience , 2014

The Loon of Swan Hill seeks an audience, 2014

As inclination directs , 2013

As inclination directs, 2013

A different picture with every look (Kjøbenhavn) , 2012

A different picture with every look (Kjøbenhavn), 2012

With you my destiny I'd steal (Venezia) , 2012

With you my destiny I'd steal (Venezia), 2012

To spend a quiet day (Interlaken Berner Oberland) , 2012

To spend a quiet day (Interlaken Berner Oberland), 2012

A headdress to show you how much I care , 2012

A headdress to show you how much I care, 2012

Prattle, scoop, trembling: a flutter of Australian birds , printed edition 2017

Prattle, scoop, trembling: a flutter of Australian birds, printed edition 2017

I think all the world is falling , and  No longer six feet under , 2017

I think all the world is falling, and No longer six feet under, 2017

The Company You Keep , 2016

The Company You Keep, 2016

Salvaged Relatives , edition II, 2014–2015

Salvaged Relatives, edition II, 2014–2015

Salvaged Relatives , edition III, 2014–2015

Salvaged Relatives, edition III, 2014–2015

As if from the clouds, restless , 2014

As if from the clouds, restless, 2014

A Year of Southern Hemisphere Birds , 2013

A Year of Southern Hemisphere Birds, 2013

All that's bewitching by the water (Capri) , 2012

All that's bewitching by the water (Capri), 2012

This is where the dormouse lives , 2012

This is where the dormouse lives, 2012

Among such company , 2012

Among such company, 2012

And with that, she sets off on the journey home , 2012

And with that, she sets off on the journey home, 2012

Paw Pad Path , 2018

Paw Pad Path, 2018

Prattle, scoop, trembling: a flutter of Australian birds , unique state edition 2016

Prattle, scoop, trembling: a flutter of Australian birds, unique state edition 2016

Your nimble tread , and  Your untroubled verse , 2017

Your nimble tread, and Your untroubled verse, 2017

A deck of Salvaged Relatives , 2015

A deck of Salvaged Relatives, 2015

Following the soft percussion of your tread , 2015

Following the soft percussion of your tread, 2015

Blurred and Distinct , 2014

Blurred and Distinct, 2014

Tumbling lightly, tumbling fast (I)  and  (II) , 2014

Tumbling lightly, tumbling fast (I) and (II), 2014

A Flight of Twelve Southern Hemisphere Birds , 2013

A Flight of Twelve Southern Hemisphere Birds, 2013

Beneath the screen of closed eyelids (Port-Said) , 2012

Beneath the screen of closed eyelids (Port-Said), 2012

Testing the laws of hazard , 2012

Testing the laws of hazard, 2012

Copenhagen Extension , 2012

Copenhagen Extension, 2012

 

Whilst one artists’ book is finished, another is in the works, be it as idea or the mechanics of the thing. The process, the interest, it is ongoing. We call upon a wide range of sources, all the while seeking to explore, through inventive narrative, a heady combination of new and existing worlds where wild thoughts take physical form and imagination given free rein.

Related

Why books? (in a nutshell)
A Souvenir of Paris, commissioned artists' book for a private collection, 2017
A tiny film: The State Library of Victoria's Rare Printed Collections Manager Des Cowley on artists' books, 2011
The Artist and the Book, Materiality, Number 1: Book, 2012
Charms of the Gloaming, in the window at Port Jackson Press Print Room, 2012
A photographic (tumbling) tour of By This Unwinking Night, 2012
From Fluxus to iPad: A very short history of artists' books, Sarah Bodman, Cassone: The International Online Magazine of Art and Art Books, 2011