23/52 'deep landscape - an inner journey'
24/52 'landscape scars'
I really enjoyed making these two books and in fact, once the project is over, these two books will probably be fixed open and framed. Steve claimed the darker one and I am partial to the lighter version, so happily they will be visible upon our walls at some stage. I very rarely do this as I am such a lover of the artist's book in its own right. However, every now and then I like to think of the books fully revealed and visible. I have been meaning to frame one of my magpie books as well so may do that at the same time.
The pages for both these books were made from left overs of the landscapes series I did for the exhibition at the Noosa Regional Art Gallery. They are rich with texture and yet the colours and markings are very subtle. The inspiration for this body of work came from flying over Lake Ayer after the wind had whipped up all the salt and it look almost like a coastal landscape. I have also flown in helicopters over other parts of the Australian outback and those visual images of our land from an aerial perspective are my favourite. The land is flattened and distinguishing features of the landscape often become mere marks on a flat plane.
This book is incomplete but of all the books made thus far this year, this one has fed my imagination and so I see this as a mock up of various ideas which I wish to explore at some other time. I will explore the idea of ancestry and various branches and endings, intertwinings and overlaps. In fact I am contemplating make my first digital artist's book with this idea and will post on it should I ever bring my idea into reality.