CH’I

Ch’i (1996), Iris prints and laser prints, 27 x 15 x 1 cm., 15 pp +2 blank pages, in an edition of 10. Six fan images on 180 gsm Arches, six text pages on 100gsm parchment. Bound in black buckram with red tail by master bookbinder Fred Pohlmann.

Collections: Artspace Mackay (1/10), National Gallery of Australia (2/10), State Library of New South Wales (3/10), State Library of Queensland (5/10), private collections (4/10, 7/10), artist’s collection (6/10, 8/10, 9/10, 10/10).Ch’i responds to a journey I made to Guangzhou in 1995 to study traditional Chinese landscape painting on fans. The book extends the traditional compositions and principles of Ch’i that I learnt in the Guangzhou studio into a digital environment. The six fan images were produced on a Macintosh computer from photographs that I took in China. The text pages (example shown here) explore similar themes through geometric compositions. CH’I is designed to be held fan-like in the hand, the pages then open forwards, toward the body.