Lost Voices consists of a number of artist books responding to old whaling log books. They combine research into the early days of whaling, with excerpts from the classic book Moby Dick by Herman Melville. Melville wrote 'to produce a mighty book you must first choose a mighty subject." Whales certainly fill this criteria! Starting from a position of acknowledging the decimation of whale populations, this research has taken me along some interesting and unexpected paths. One such path has been exploring the social history during the earlier days of whaling. this was a time when wooden ships set sail into largely unchartered seas. Conditions were harsh and the loss of life great. While I do not see commercial whaling as acceptable today, seen through the perspective of the day, I can see it as a means to provide food and an income for many families. I have incorporated first hand accounts from the middle of the 19th century alongside various pages from a contemporary ecology magazine. Paper was an expensive commodity in the 18th century so it wasn't unusual for books to be re used. I have worked over the top of some old magazines pages, thereby incorporating present environmental concerns.
The Captains Logbook, with his wife's journal. Two journals - one from the Captains perspective, the other from his wife. The captains wife would often accompany him on long whaling voyages. Artist books & Ephemera
The Voyage a selection of pages from the series of logbooks
"Just one bone in a giant skeleton of abandoned human desire". Artist Book