Two New Artis’s Books

A couple of new books which will be in an exhibition at the University of the West of England .

Lethe River of Oblivion is about forgetting, the Lethe is one of the five rivers of Hades, whoever drinks from it forgets all. Souls bound for Paradise had to cross it to get there and so drank some of its water to forget their past sins. Souls on the way to being reborn had to drink to forget their past lives. My thoughts were about the flow of the river and the disintegration of memory as ageing takes its course. The text becomes increasingly incoherent as it progresses; which river is this? Lethe, Leith, Liffe…?

Lethe River of Oblivion

Lethe River of Oblivion

 

The book is bound in a Japanese stab stitch style, with the covers stiffened and hinged back over the contents.  The text was printed using old wooden type, of which there was not a complete alphabet in any font, but the variation is quite engaging.

Interior text

Interior text

 

The book really stemmed from watching my father detach himself so gracefully and so slowly from life as we live it, engaged in society and dealing with all the concomitants of that.

The book extended; flowing

The book extended; flowing

 

The second book is a tunnel book. The Lens was its starting point.

A book of the lens

A book of the lens

I had some unused long-sight lenses in need of employment, so one was mounted into the tunnel in front of a little mirror in the tunnel. The illustration of the eye is form the Wellcome Foundation’s online images, and what a great resource that is!

The eye

The eye

When the tab is pulled the eye moves aside.

The door opens

The door opens

The viewer will see their own eye, or face, depending on the distance (in the photographer’s case the mirror shows the camera) but upside-down. Just a little unexpected vision to leave  the question of what exactly that eye is revealing about the soul behind it …

the revealed eye

the revealed eye

 

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