Monday, 2 August 2010

BookArtObject is expanding

As many of you know, I belong to the BookArtObject collective, until recently a group of eight book artists, each of us making an edition of at least 8 books on a set theme. This meant we each received a full set of the books, and I can't tell you how exciting it was as each of these treasures arrived in the mail.
This is the cover of my book, set on the group theme "Learning Absences", by Australian poet Rosemary Dobson. A poem about loss, I chose to interpret it through the very personal journey of my parents, as my father drifted into oblivion after the onset of dementia.

The illustration on the cover is a reproduction of one of my Dad's oil paintings, one of my favourites among several that I treasure. I titled the book "Drifting: living with dementia".

The book is A5, very simple, containing photos of my parents in their 20s and then in their later years, Dad in his late 80s, Mum at 93. The text is just lists of words, describing Dad as we knew him for most of his life, and then as he was when in the grip of dementia.

I'm not sure that I'd want to do something so personal and confronting again, and yet I feel it was very therapeutic and in spite of thinking many times that I'd abandon the entire project, I was supported and encouraged by other members of BookArtObject, and my family and friends.

The group coordinator, Sara, has put a group photo of our books here but has also placed several more photos on her Artist Books 3.0 page, well worth a look to see the different approaches we all took.

The collective has now expanded to fourteen and I'd like to welcome the new book artists/calligraphers/printers. I'm sure you will get as much enjoyment from the challenges presented as I have. Follow our progress on the BookArtObject site and meet the new members.