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Something Rich and Strange (Closed)
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Creation Site: North Yorkshire, United Kingdom. Janet Allsebrook.
Screw and post structure that opens into a fan; digital reproduction of watercolour paint and photographs; Somerset enhanced archival paper 225g/m2; polymer cover and card stock back
20 pages; 30 x 1 cm (opens to a 60 cm circle)
Janet Allsebrook (North Yorkshire, England), is an artist who works in a variety of media, including print, photography and artist books. Her work is in public and private collections in the UK and abroad, including the Tate Library and Archive London, Atelier Vis-a-Vis France, Manchester and Sheffield University Libraries and Centro Libri d"Artista Florence. She regularly exhibits and sells artist books and was founder of "Superstudio Bradford" for the Marseille Book Fair.
Artist Book Statement: Something Rich and Strange (2015). This book considers ideas about soil in relation to temporality, cyclical patterns and the rhythms of life and death. I am particularly interested in composting and the continuous re-use of rotting material. The complexity of life forms in the soil which cause this decay are beautiful and efficient when operating as they should.
Dr. James Longbotham (University of Manchester), helped me to understand the biochemistry of decay in the soil and how elements are used again to create new life. As James said, “We are all recycled.”
When fully opened from left to right, the book can be read in a circle. The circular format is designed to reflect the circularity of life in the soil.
The outer layer of text is taken from the gravestone of Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)
“Nothing of him that doth fade.
But doth suffer a sea change
Into something rich and strange"
The middle layer lists processes in the natural life of soil.
The inner section lists the 18 chemical elements found in humans and in the soil.
Description and Image: Harrison, Lucia, Abir Biswas, Susan Aurand, Peggy Ann Burge, William J. Kupinse, Sharon A. Sharp, and Collins Memorial Library. 2015. Dirt? : Scientists, Book Artists, and Poets Reflect on Soil and Our Environment. Tacoma, Washington, USA: Collins Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound.
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