Monday, 7 January 2013

True Grit


I've finally wound up the last of my projects for 2012 and have completed my final book for BookArtObject titled True Grit just before Christmas.  I posted the books out to members of Group 11 on the 2nd January.

The book is made up of digital prints of five linocuts with collage mounted in 3D into Canson card and shows a small fishing boat battling huge seas, a text page and a colophon.

I decided to ignore the most obvious connections to the title True Grit.  I thought the most fitting example of unfaltering courage and true grit are the asylum seekers who flee their homeland for Australia by undertaking risky journeys with people smugglers in a desperate attempt to find peace and freedom from persecution.


7 comments:

Ersi Marina Samara said...

I just left a comment on the BAO blog but it seems unfair that I shouldn't say something here too. Because this is an artist's book that goes beyond art and technique and grabs real life by the horns (as we'd say in Spain). A book to be admired and respected.

jac said...

This looks as interesting as 'Uncharted democracy'. I really admire the way you deal with important issues in your work

Helen M said...

Thanks ersi, I really appreciate your very thoughtful comments.

Thanks Jac, it is true that in recent years I've become more interested in making books about important issues.

Fiona Dempster said...

Short, sharp and to the point I would say Helen (looking at it from afar). A great take on True Grit.

Amanda said...

Gritty indeed. Perhaps you should send copies to a few lily-livered politicians who come to mind?
Well done Helen -you have managed three beautiful and thought-provoking editions while I'm still floundering with my first. Ah, I'll get there!

Helen M said...

Thanks Fiona and Amanda for your kind comments. I'm looking forward to seeing your edition when it's done Amanda.

Velma Bolyard said...

yes, helen, i agree with the above, it's a well done piece and poignant.