Finally finished my edition of 16 books, 11 or which will be sent of round the US and UK later this year as part of the Pulp Atlas Exhibition. Each book in the series is entitled ‘Littoral Drift’ and features two hand embossed paper slips of Progeo map paper, housed in a card sleeve. Once again the work explores the idea of erosion/accretion, this time picking out Special Areas of Conservation or Sites of Special Scientific Interest between two points on the coast.
The drawings I posted up a few days back that use sandpaper and other abrasives to explore map making, walking and erosion all have counterparts that look at the opposite of erosion – accretion.
The Suffolk coast is influenced by a process called long shore drift (or littoral drift), a process which basically moves sediments at an angle along the coastline from one location to another. One of the reasons that Covehithe has been assigned a status of No Active Intervention (meaning no attempt will be made to preserve the coastline) is that the movement of sediment to the south is considered beneficial to the protection of more ‘important’ settlements to the south. Ever noticed all the groynes at Felixstowe? Well they are there to help protect the beach, and to prevent the loss of sediment. Now notice the lack of groynes at Covehithe.
Anyhow, this counterpart embossing work is my way of once again manipulating materials to mirror or represent natural processes.
I had a first attempt today at embossing on Somerset printmaking paper, using one of the stencils I have spent the last week cutting by hand. Happy with the results and the paper was nice to work with. Somerset, made by St Cuthberts Mill, really is a very nice, tactile paper. I’ve been using it for some time now for drawing, but this is the first time I’ve attempted embossing on it. Results pictured below.
I’ve been busy working this week on an edition of 16 book works for the PULP ATLAS exhibition this coming autumn. Each book features two slips of paper, one embossed, the other imprinted with two map-type images of sites on the Suffolk coastline. Combined, the two slips represent the process of long shore drift, where sediment is transported along the coast in a southerly direction. The map that is imprinted relates to the area from which sediment is being lost, and the map that is embossed relates to the area where the sediment ends up. Erosion and accretion. Simple idea really, but I have enjoyed the process of making lines by manipulating paper rather than by marking them out by other methods.
I have also been working on a set of stencils for some larger scale embossed pieces. These will form part of the practice element of my MRes thesis. These have been a real labour of love, hand cramps, cut fingers the works. Finally finished them though, now the search for suitable paper begins…
I’ll be taking part in PULP ATLAS this Autumn, a series of artist book exhibitions curated by Christopher Kardambikis. I am currently looking for possible venues to host the Suffolk leg of the tour, so please get in touch if you think you may have a suitable non-gallery venue and would like discuss playing host to the works.“PULP ATLAS is a series of artist book exhibitions featuring the work of 12 artists experimenting with the book form. Each artist will have produced an edition of 12 artist books or zines, allowing for 12 exhibitions to happen simultaneously in different cities during the Fall of 2014. PULP ATLAS explores the contemporary book form as well as the cultural borders surrounding alternative exhibition spaces. Artist books and zines occupy a unique territory: inherently legible even while experimental, they are precious and disposable, able to be viewed in public but read as an incredibly personal experience. Participating venues in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Oakland, Chicago, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia as well as Toronto, Canada, Suffolk, England and Edinburgh, Scotland will be announced this summer. An exhibition blog and website will be documenting the concurrent events.”