Virgil’s Keep

Virgil’s Keep (2017), linocut with handwritten and stamped text, 15.5 x 39.5 cm.,18 pp. (2 long, 16 short) in an edition of 6 + 2 Artist’s Proofs. Eight paired linocuts on Fabriano Artisico HP 200gsm. Green buckram cover, with gold embossed gate, double gatefold binding. Bound by master bookbinder Fred Pohlmann. 

Collections:  State Library Queensland (1/6), State Library of NSW (2/6), Artspace Mackay (3/6), National Gallery of Australia (4/6), artist’s collection (5/6 & 6/6).

Virgil’s Keep is my response to Virgil’s epic poem ‘The Georgics’, on the challenges and virtues of agricultural life. The eight paired relief prints and the dual binding generate a sense of enclosed space, ‘the Keep’ of the title. The reader passes through a series of eight gates: gates of possibility, of toil, of planting, of hope, of tending, of pestilence, of tempests & furies, and finally of harvest. These are metaphors for the gardener’s seasonal journey. The eighth gate opens to reveal Virgil’s text: But lo! / A boundless space / we’ve travelled o’re / ‘tis time / our steaming horses / to unyoke. This work was made for the 6th Artists’ Books and Multiples Fair, Brisbane in 2017.