Caren Florance Collection

Caren Florance Collection

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From the exhibition Nurture.

Year: 2022 

Materials: 

DisRemembering - Artist book: Pamphlet-sewn codex with loose inserts. Handsetletterpress on 245gsm Stonehenge and 100gsm Zeta Matt PostHammer paper, typewriter on 70gsm bond, linen thread.

C:/Ovid: Changing to Survive - Section-sewn codex (linen thread). Acid-free glassine image guards.Text and images by Caren Florance, risograph printing by PinchPress, Sydney, on 200gsm Knight Vellum White. Cover: debossedletterpress by CF on 270gsm Colorplan turquoise.

Dimensions:

DisRemembering - 150 x 250 x 8 

C:/Ovid: Changing to Survive - 298 x 212 x 8

Artist Statement:

C:/Ovid: Changing to Survive is an artist book made to bear witness to a very strange time. In the quiet contemplation of one of our many Covid lockdowns, my eye kept snagging on the ‘Ovid’ in COVID. Ovid’s Metamorphoses has many contemporary critics but it’s essential theme is change: attempts to survive under duress via transformation. It’s what we’ve done, and also what the virus has done. 

I started making collages that mashed up objects and people: eyes looking out from objects, bodies with aerosol-inspired outputs. I also started keeping what I’ve dubbed my Covidex: a running list of overheard, found, and encountered texts about the Covid-19 era. This text reels through the years since 2020 indiscriminately, as the index to an imaginary book about our collective experiences. It rarely mentions dates; the alphabet is the only system that continues to make sense to me. 

This artist book, DisRemembering, created for a wider collaborative project called BookArtObject 6: LOSSED, was made while reading The Body Keeps the Score, by Bessel van der Kolk (2014). This keystone text for trauma recovery resonated with my current experiences with trauma mentoring through art practice. My method of printing the back of letterpress type blocks allows meaning to exist unread, and playing with words within its weighty materiality allows me to reflect on my family's history of dementia, and in particular my mother's willing relinquishment of her own trauma. I now have an heightened understanding that forgetting is not always a negative action.

 

Available for shipment or collection from 25 October 2022.

Photos: Tim Bean Photography