Another of my artist's books - titled 'fragments of a life'. This book is made up of ten acrylic paintings that I did in a series - another story. The concept behind this volume is that our lives leave their mark, their trace marks on the landscape and from above, it is likely to see these as patterns floating across the Terra Firma sometimes with ephemeral brushes and at others with heavy gouges and imprints. However the mark is made it is inevitable that our tracemarks are left behind.
The book is large - 51cms x 37cms, double mounted and embossed, bound in perspex and then protected in another perspex slip cover. It is incredibly hard to photograph (as an amateur) and show how tactile this book is. It is one of my favourites though, probably because I enjoyed the painting. The first few photos more accurately give the sense of the book though not much of it is revealed. You can see the lovely papers and soft edges. The paintings actually look better with the double mounting though in the detail photos only the back mounting is seen.
These are some of the ten paintings, not all. In many of them you will see echoes of doorways and I have reinforced these with embossings. These doors represent different choices we make and take along life's journey. It is actually not a symbol I use very often.
There is an image above which is my favourite and reminds me in many ways of Chagall's painting 'The Bride' and the quote from the film Nottinghill, that 'Happiness isn't happiness without a violin-playing goat'! See if you can work out which one it is.