It has been interesting to read the various interpretaions of RD's poem. I must say I haven't formed an opinion about whether it is a death or separation. For me the overwhelming aspect has been the huge impact the poem had on my senses. Mainly visual, the sight of the clothes on the line and the cumquat tree and Hayley's comet in the dark sky, the milk bottle on the door step, but also the smell of the bread coming out of the oven, and the deafening silence of no one to talk to. The most significant image for me was the shutting of the windows and doors and these have formed the basis of the motifs used in my book.
I have been developing a folded form...and it has taken a new direction. But I have finally finished one completely. When the book is folded shut it actually looks like a house. This is what prompted the change in direction. Learning Absences, for me, is all about the domestic world of the house/home.
This is the finished book!
and standing up.
The open book.
I am going to change the size and prints for the exhibition but the format will stay pretty much the same (maybe 2 'pages' instead of three).
It is based on a turkish map fold - 3 folds - that I have sewn together. Each 'page' has a series of lino prints sewn onto them. Some of the prints have been done on mango paper, some on hemp paper and some on the pages of an old book.
Here are the individual pages before sewing them together.
I hope you can see the stitching around each print.
These corner prints were done on the pages of an old text book.
The contrast between the orange mango paper, green silk and the black ink has worked well.
The stitching took ages and was quiet tricky at times but it has been worth it. I feel inspired to do a whole series of books on windows and doors!