ARTIST BOOKS FOR A YEAR TEN Visual arts UNIT IDENTITY: LOOKING IN & LOOKING OUT OF OURSELVES AROUND & ABOUT OUR LIVES. EXAMPLES OF STYLES AND FORMATS AS CONSTRUCTIONS With ARTISTS’ WORKS from The State Library of Queensland Artists’ Books Online Collection J.FABER.
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EXAMPLES OF STYLES AND FORMATS
With ARTISTS’ WORKS from The State Library of Queensland Artists’ Books Online Collection
Part of TIPS item - http://education.qld.gov.au/tal/tips/02507.html Curriculum Exchange, Education Queensland
Hand-coloured printed Etching by author from Workshop with Ron McBurnie to produce Artist Book by various folds, cuts
The Public can visit the Library’s Artists’ Books collection currently at
‘James Hardie Library of Australian Fine Arts-Heritage Collection’ Section
at 996 Wynnum Rd Cannon Hill
‘The artist’s family migrated to Australia from Hong Kong in 1975. For the child migrant the process of settling into a new country is sometimes more demanding than it is for an adult. The decision to migrate is usually one in which the child has little to say, even though the parents may see their children as the main beneficiaries of migration. In the form of an Australian passport Portrait of an Australian presents the migrant experience mainly through words and pictures, and challenges the notion of what it is to be Australian.’
‘The images, text and other resources were compiled over a period of 12 months. All images used in the book were from the artist’s family album. The paper is Edward Dunlop paper. The Australian Coat of Arms was redesigned and fabricated for the cover and block foiled in gold.’
The five etchings for this book were made by Ron McBurnie and printed by Rochelle Knarston on Arches paper. The book was designed and bound in full <emu> leather by Friedhelm Pohlmann in 1996 in an edition of 20.
‘The idea for the book relates to its structure. Fred Pohlmann gave me a mock up first. I thought that I should design the etchings around the little hole in its centre. The environmental theme just evolved from at first observing the hole, to touching it, and then to getting very serious and blasting the hell out of it. It’s also a book about observation. I have noticed that many people who look through the book fail to notice the tiny piece of gold leaf hidden in the hole of the last page. When we go somewhere we often miss seeing what’s really in front of us staring us in the face…’ Ron McBurnie
‘My hands are very old; they hold a story. It is a story of nature and struggle. Like an ancient relic, they are stored in a box.
Delicate Intricate Precious Vulnerable.
Fading from existence. Lost Forever.
It is in our hands.’
The inscription on my book reads: “My name is Catharine Money and theseare my hands. Nature is in everyone’s hands. We are the caretakers. Like the ancient art of mehndi henna on the hands of the bride, toil will replace the fading beauty. Nature is in our hands. Give nature a hand…
Mehndi. The starting point for my book was a newspaper photograph of a woman’s hands that had been henna tattooed. She was to be married. It was here that I learnt that her culture forbade her from any form of manual labour while she still had the henna tattoos on the palms of her hands. Henna tattoos are a temporary work of art. I loved this concept of no housework and dreamt of having the palms of my hands permanently tattooed…My book, when opened fully, is like the hands of the bride, on show. They also represent how one holds ones hands when something fragile is placed in them. This is also the gesture for sharing something.
NOTE : THE CONTAINER IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF THESE ARTISTS’ BOOKS’ PRESENTATION…BY JUDY BARRASS, HELEN SANDERSON, BERYL WOOD, CLAIRE VAN VIET, HELEN MALONE, CATHERINE MONEY
University of Delaware Library www.lib.udel.edu/ud/spec/exhibits/artistsbookReview this site to see a collection of artist books exhibitions across many years titled ‘Personal visions’.
The Smithsonian Institution Libraries’ site also has online exhibitions to search… www.sil.si.edu/SILPublications/online_Exhibitions Type in simple query ‘artists books’ and worldwide links will appear.