Whiskers and Bristles

Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison
Whiskers and Bristles
May, 2016
Digital print zine
Edition of 100

 

A 10.5cm X 10.5cm, 32 page B&W zine with yellow card and tracing paper covers and a black spine.

One of nine new zines made especially for the National Gallery of Victoria's Melbourne Art Book Fair in the Great Hall, NGV International, May 2016. Whiskers and Bristles features a single set of collages and the woodblock portraits of animals from the artists' book, Because I Like You.

 

Greater bilby
I like you because your long ears are pinkish in colour, and you gallop much like a rocking horse. I could be talking about a Greater bilby (Macrotis lagotis); I could be talking about you.

Black-and-gold howler monkey
I like you because you greet the dawn with a guttural howl. I could be talking about a Black-and-gold howler monkey (Alouatta caraya); I could be talking about you.

Rufous mouse lemur
You’re shy and nocturnal, hiding in the foliage from the Fossa, the Ring-tailed mongoose, and the Madagascar harrier hawk, and it is why I like you so. I could be talking about a Rufous mouse lemur (Microcebus rufus); I could be talking about you.

Polar bear
I like you because we share a plantigrade gait. Your whiskers too. I could be talking about a Polar bear (Ursus maritimus); I could be talking about you.

Royal antelope
I like you because your crepuscular ways find you frequently ruminating by day. And because your hind legs are so long, in relation to your front legs, you appear in something of a constant crouch. I could be talking about a Royal antelope (Neotragus pygmaeus); I could be talking about you.

Californian sea lion
I like you because of your short black stubble on your flippers. I could be talking about a Californian sea lion (Zalophus californianus); I could be talking about you.

Snow leopard
I like you because your long tail serves as a blanket. I could be talking about a Snow leopard (Panthera uncia); I could be talking about you.

Greater stick-nest rat
I like you because you can weave a secure nest from branches and collected vegetation. I could be talking about a Greater stick-nest rat (Leporillus conditor); I could be talking about you.

Eurasian red squirrel
I like you because the forgotten seed caches you bury sometimes sprout and grow into trees. I am also fond of your long ear tufts. I could be talking about a Eurasian red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris); I could be talking about you.

Sea otter
The loose patch of skin under your forearms serves as a pocket for rocks and other tools and it is primarily why I like you. I could be talking about a Sea otter (Enhydra lutris); I could be talking about you.