Book of Hours I & II, 2020 – 2021.
Book I. Lying Fallow. Book II. A Cold Front.
Over 740 mixed media playing card images in two cotton rag books (each approx. 370 images). Each closed book size: 420 x 315 x 38 mms approx.
The 30 second preview above forms an introduction to Book of Hours I & II. Each Book comprises over 370 mixed media images on playing cards*. Together they form a long, visual meditation devoted to recurring themes, curiosities, preoccupations and events explored over the many hours, weeks and months of Lockdown.
Severe curtailments in our lives bought about by the Covid-19 lockdown produced an endless order and repetitiveness to my daily life that seemed almost monastic. The hours were suddenly expanded; precious time could sustain new work. But rather than enabling larger, more physical projects to commence with this promise of the time, the tensions, ominous awfulness and acute sadness felt oppressive, constraining. Creating very small works enabled me to meditate, wander and pause randomly and intuitively, without destination or judgement. These meditations include reference to political & social events that unfolded over the year – loosely chronological, but not as a diary.
Each also includes an appendix to clarify the images.
*See also the use of painted playing cards in earlier work made during The Burgess Shale residency that explored ancient evolutionary life: Stains & Guts and Hiking Log 2009.