The company you keep

 

Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison
The Company You Keep
2016
Artists' book, unique state, featuring 15 individual collages on cabinet cards with pencil (by Gracia Haby)
Housed in a linen Solander box (bound by Louise Jennison)

 

This artists' book was released into the wild at the 2016 Melbourne Art Book Fair at the National Gallery of Victoria. In addition, this artists' book of Yellow-headed parrots and Laughing owls was acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria.


1. In the company of an extinct Short-tailed hopping-mouse (Notomys amplus) from Central Australia, and Leonardo's ermine (Mustela erminea) 
2. In the company of a central Australian Desert rat-kangaroo (Caloprymnus campestris), last seen in 1935, and a Snowshoe hare (Lepus americanus)
3. In the company of the gentlest of owls, a Laughing owl (Sceloglaux albifacies), last seen in 1914
4. In the company of a Seychelles parakeet (Psittacula wardi), last seen in 1870
5. In the company of a Seychelles parakeet (Psittacula wardi), last seen in 1870, and a Yellow-headed parrot (Amazona oratrix) 
6. In a borrowed evening ensemble of gold organdy, designed by Norman Norell, 1970–71, with a Darwin's rice-rat (Nesoryzomys darwini), last seen in 1929 on Indefatigable Island
7. Grandma Ferry in the company of a Nicobar pigeon (Caloenas nicobarica), in a photographic studio in Sydney Rd., Brunswick
8. In a borrowed costume of a Tigress, designed by Gilbert Adrian, 1949, with a Giant hummingbird (Patagona gigas) 
9. In an offcut of a costume of a Tigress, designed by Gilbert Adrian, 1949, with a Kea (Nestor notabilis) in a photographic studio in South Melbourne
10. In a borrowed costume of a Tigress, designed by Gilbert Adrian, 1949, accompanied by a tiger (Panthera tigris)
11. In the company of an extinct Molokai 'O'o (Moho bishopi) of the Hawaiian Islands, last seen in 1904
12. Florence Hunter in the company of an extinct Guadalupe caracara (Polyborus lutosus), last seen in 1900 by collector Rollo Beck
13. In the company of a nectar-loving Small Mauritian flying-fox (Pteropus subniger), last seen in the early 1800s, and a Bornean smooth-tailed treeshrew (Dendrogale melanura) 
14. In a borrowed costume of silk organza poppies, designed by Arnold Scaasi, 1983, accompanied by a critically endangered Golden arrow-poison frog (Atelopus zeteki), and a Fire-crested alethe (Alethe castanea) 
15. In the borrowed costume of dragon scales of overlapping gold and silver sequins, designed by Travis Banton for actress Anna May Wong in her role as Tu Tuan, a nightclub entertainer in the 1934 film, Limehouse Blues, and a Hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata)

 
 

In Ballet Russes extension, across fifteen cabinet cards from photographic studios in Sydney Road, Brunswick to Charlemont & Co. High Art Photographers in Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, Salvaged Relatives appear in borrowed costumes designed by Gilbert Adrian and Arnold Scaasi (from the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art), by way of Leonardo da Vinci's Lady with an Ermine, and Anna May Wong's costume from the film Limehouse Blues, accompanied by extinct Short-tailed hopping-mice (illustrated by Peter Schouten) and Bornean smooth-tailed treeshrews (from the pages of the Longman Illustrated Animal Encyclopedia).