TERANIA

TERANIA (2018), stamping, ink wash, watercolour on Arches 185 gsm hot pressed watercolour paper,  22 x 28 x 1.5 cm., 48 pp. in an edition of  3 + 1AP. Drawings interspersed with green and red stamped text. Grey bookcloth cover, with embossed title in black. Bound by Master Bookbinder Fred Pohlmann.

Collections: Bibliotheca Librorum Apud Artificum (1/3), Artspace Mackay (2/3), artist’s collection (AP & 3/3).

TERANIA is the name of the valley that lies to the north of my studio. To hold the open book in your hands is to feel the shape of that valley. To turn the pages is to make your way through the valley, to encounter its trees, its birds, and to be immersed in its fleeting atmospheric conditions.  Day’s end closes the book. TERANIA demonstrates the way an artist’s book can encapsulate space, in this instance a specific geographic space. The interplay of variably stamped text and subtle washes represent the life that unfolds across the valley. I am daily reminded of this work; when Terania valley becomes an ephemeral sea filled with morning mist, when crows fly across the evening sky or when a mighty storm rolls in.