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Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison ~Australia

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Gracia & Louise: "We have been collaborating for over twenty years, making artists’ books, zines, collages, prints, and drawings. Besotted still, it appears, with paper for its adaptable, foldable, cut-able, concealable, revealing nature, using an armoury of play, the poetic and familiar too, with the intention of luring you into our A(rtists’ books) to Z(ines).

"For us, above all, it is not the medium that is always of greatest import, but the message. And so, we use found imagery and acquired scenery in our artists’ books, collages, prints, and more recently animated collages and installations, alongside our own drawings, for what they can enable us to say, and what we hope you might in turn feel. Though, of course, what you feel is entirely up to you, and to this end we favour open endings above all. From the intimate to the epic in scale, you can see in our work what you will. You can make of our comprised scenarios what you will. You can see fragments of your very own self. You can see your own link with nature. You can see human nature reflected in the movements of the characters. You can see charm, absolute. Along the way, some people have seen our zines to be artists’ books, or our ‘this’ to be ‘that’, and as this is something beyond our control, we’re fine with that. Like anything, the closer you look, the more you see..”
   

Dim wood, spark bright
By Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison
[North Vitzroy, Victoria, Australia]: Gracia and Louise, 2017.
Edition of 6 + 1 AP.

8 x 4.75"; 8 pages. Concertina structure. Inkjet print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308gsm. Covers mounted on gold-trimmed board. Housed in a printed slipcase on 225gsm Buffalo board. Covers and pages printed by Arten. Slipcase printed by Bambra Press. Bound by Louise Jennison. Numbered, dated, and initialed by artists.

"Dim wood, spark bright" is book 4 in a series of five artists' books from 2017 by Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison. Each in the series are eight page concertinas in an edition of 6. Each book stands alone but together they weave a tale.

Each book has a scene/a story printed on the exterior of the slipcase. The accordion book carries the imagery created for the written narrative.

In the tale of "Dim wood, spark bright" there is the description of being in a caged– darkness, exploration of surroundings ending with a splinter under the skin, realization of being confined. Heart beating loudly. Glowing eyes in the darkness. "I never heard them coming until it was too late."

When the reader pulls out the accordion to view the images it may come as no surprise to see a wild cat lounging around. But the vignette and the images do ask you to form a narrative of your own making and ponder how did we get here?
$475

Dim wood, spark bright book
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A Warmed Pebble in My Hand
By Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison
[North Vitzroy, Victoria, Australia]: Gracia and Louise, 2017.
Edition of 6 + 1 AP.

8 x 4.75"; 8 pages. Concertina structure. Inkjet print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308gsm. Covers mounted on gold-trimmed board. Housed in a printed slipcase on 225gsm Buffalo board. Covers and pages printed by Arten. Slipcase printed by Bambra Press. Bound by Louise Jennison. Numbered, dated, and initialed by artists.

"A Warmed pebble in My Hand" is book 5 in a series of five artists' books from 2017 by Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison. Each in the series are eight page concertinas in an edition of 6. Each book stands alone but together they weave a tale.

Each book has a scene/a story printed on the exterior of the slipcase. The accordion book carries the imagery created for the written narrative.

The text hints at intimacy and wilderness. The accordion then extends to bring us to statuary and stone. What world is this?

The reader is given the opportunity to weave their own tale while given a text and visual base. Gracia and Louise have said " For us, the animal is there to question our very behaviour, those moral principles one governs the self by, and to explore our relationship with the natural world."

It looks as though the series especially this last book continues to place us in that position of looking at the natural and the artificial. But then you should draw your own conclusions and stories – as the artists wish you to.
$475

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