I am a great fan of the unbound book and employ it very often in my making. I would go so far as to say it is my 'thing' - leaving a story unbound so that it can be rearranged to say something else. Much of my past work has focussed on our ability to say, to interpret and reinterpret work. Story telling is all the more exciting when the viewer is able to rearrange some of the visual ideas to show a different thought sequence. Or so I think. Maybe it is that I don't like to reveal my cards, that I like to be able to present things in different lights ..... who knows what the basis is for this proclivity, I just like it this way! I have a propensity for ambiguity. Let's leave it at that.
This book has been over to New York in an exhibition this year - not a book exhibition, one more to do with paintings. Many people stopped at the booth Galleria Bacchus ran in this event and asked about the couple of books I had in their exhibition. Both were unbound and for those unfamiliar with book based artworks, the concept was quite challenging. Of course when you are at an Artist's Book exhibition you imagine people who attend have a solid understanding of the concept.
The front cover of this book uses one of my 'sugar lift' prints - very abstract. This box is not a Solander box, as it only has sides from its base and the lid closes over flatly and ties. I have used leather for the spine.
The box has been partitioned into two, but when open the cover can be used to hold one of the etchings and so three elements are visible simultaneously. I love watching as people view the book and shuffle the etchings around, leaving the book reading in a way that is visually pleasing to them.
Each of the partitions houses 6 or 7 etchings and/or embossings printed on Arches Vellum. The title of this book is 'Landscape Meditations'.
I have another of these book boxes prepared this time with three partitions. Hopefully that is not over doing it - will try and keep the images simple to there is no visual overload! As yet I have not played around with ideas but imagine they will be in the same vein as these above, and there may even be some overlap.