Concertina (III), 2023
Watercolour ink and acrylic on Arches watercolour paper, waxed linen thread
Concertina (IV), 2023
Watercolour ink and acrylic on Arches watercolour paper, textiles, waxed linen thread
Soft Spine (Concertina) and Concertina (II), (III), (IV) continue a strand of recent pieces made with handmade paper, fabrics and bookbinding thread whereby pieces of fabric are stitched between pieces of paper – a gesture that simultaneously connects two surfaces as well as keeps them apart – to create a form of a rudimentary book. There is a sense of connecting, dividing, marking and measuring – of time, of intervals, of space of the paper, through the simple interaction of the two materials. Through a sequence of paper and textiles, the works approach the page – and by extension the book – as a sculptural object rather than a surface to be inscribed.