Gracia & Louise
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AN INTRODUCTION

For us, above all, it is not the medium that is always of greatest import, but the message. And so, we use found imagery and acquired scenery in our artists’ books, collages, prints, and more recently animated collages and installations, alongside our own drawings, for what they can enable us to say, and what we hope you might in turn feel. Though, of course, what you feel is entirely up to you, and to this end we favour open endings above all. From the intimate to the epic in scale, you can see in our work what you will. You can make of our comprised scenarios what you will. You can see fragments of your very own self. You can see your own link with nature. You can see human nature reflected in the movements of the characters. You can see charm, absolute. Along the way, some people have seen our zines to be artists‘ books, or our ‘this’ to be ‘that’, and as this is something beyond our control, we’re fine with that. Like anything, the closer you look, the more you see.

Based in Melbourne, Australia, we work from home, and we’ve been collaborating for over twenty years.

We hope you enjoy what you find here, and thank-you for stopping by.

Yours in paper roll,
Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison

 
 

Our work can be found in the collections of: Artspace Mackay; Banyule City Council; Bibliotheca Librorum Apud Artificem; Burnie Regional Art Gallery; Camberwell Grammar; City of Whitehorse; Charles Sturt University; Deakin University Library; Gladstone Regional Art Gallery; Gold Coast City Art Gallery; Latrobe Regional Gallery; Lauriston Girls' School; Maroondah City Council; Melbourne Museum; Melbourne University Library; Monash University Library; Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery; National Gallery of Australia; National Gallery of Victoria; National Library of Australia; Presbyterian Ladies' College; Print Council of Australia; RMIT University Library; Royal Perth Hospital; St Michael's Grammar; State Library of New South Wales; State Library of Victoria; State Library of Queensland; Tintern Girls Grammar School; University of Wollongong; Vermont Secondary College; Warrnambool Art Gallery; Tate (UK); University of the West of England (UK); and private collections.

 
EXHIBITION:  Ripples in the Open  at Realm

EXHIBITION: Ripples in the Open at Realm

COMMISSION:  A Weight of Albatross  at Realm

COMMISSION: A Weight of Albatross at Realm

NEW:  Paint out , zine

NEW: Paint out, zine

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

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

RECENT:  Paw Pad Path , unique state artists' book

RECENT: Paw Pad Path, unique state artists' book

RECENT:  Disrupted and rumpled ,  Dim wood, spark bright , and  A warmed pebble in my hand , a trio of artists' books

RECENT: Disrupted and rumpled, Dim wood, spark bright, and A warmed pebble in my hand, a trio of artists' books

EXHIBITION:  Through a glass eye  at Australian Print Workshop

EXHIBITION: Through a glass eye at Australian Print Workshop

EXHIBITION:  Looped , La Trobe Reading Room, State Library Victoria

EXHIBITION: Looped, La Trobe Reading Room, State Library Victoria

EXHIBITION:  It came like light out of the walls , at West Gallery

EXHIBITION: It came like light out of the walls, at West Gallery

RECENT:  Prattle, scoop, trembling: a flutter of Australian birds , unique state artists' book

RECENT: Prattle, scoop, trembling: a flutter of Australian birds, unique state artists' book

RECENT:  Pattern , a collaborative zine of words and images

RECENT: Pattern, a collaborative zine of words and images

RECENT:  Your gelatine silver print, in the shape of the full moon , zine

RECENT: Your gelatine silver print, in the shape of the full moon, zine

NEW:  Animate. Animated. Animal. , zine

NEW: Animate. Animated. Animal., zine

NEW:  Museum Sketches: Your Specimens Sing an Operatic Chorus , zine

NEW: Museum Sketches: Your Specimens Sing an Operatic Chorus, zine

RECENT:  I think all the world is falling , and  No longer six feet under , a pair of artists' books

RECENT: I think all the world is falling, and No longer six feet under, a pair of artists' books

RECENT READS on dance, especially for Fjord Review

RECENT READS on dance, especially for Fjord Review

RECENT:  Winged  and  Limbed , two Salvaged Relatives zines

RECENT: Winged and Limbed, two Salvaged Relatives zines

RECENT EXHIBITION:  A Whisker of Light , Maitland Regional Art Gallery, 2018

RECENT EXHIBITION: A Whisker of Light, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, 2018

RECENT:  Take a lesson from the ground , zine

RECENT: Take a lesson from the ground, zine

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Interviews, publications, and catalogue essays

Interviews, publications, and catalogue essays

Gracia Haby CV

Gracia Haby CV

Louise Jennison CV

Louise Jennison CV

 

We decided early on in our collaboration, through an organic process, not to polish the same skills. We naturally lent towards different things and now bring those different things together to make work not possible without the other. Working this way, a third work is made that belongs to us both.

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