I began these pages after reading an article in which James Anthony described the Norwich Central library fire in 1994. He says
"Make no mistake - this was a tragedy...my parents, living in Norwich at the time, still recall the smell of burning books and papers in the city, feeling a great sense of loss as hot ash fell on the surrounding area"
I chose a Double Gate Fold book structure as it disrupts the usual linear narrative and allows a more interactive circular reading experience. Pages open to create numerous combinations. Building on an approach which began while working with calligrapher and artist Monica Dengo in her 'A Bridge Between Writing and Drawing' course, it allows the reader to decide the order of how they view the pages. Traditional rules of writing are abandoned as letterforms become abstract marks creating sentences that are no longer legible.
Dissolving stories, disrupted and scattered float across the page. They hint at loss, fragments waiting for order to descend once more. A fleeting moment suspended on the page, remnants of what once was and what could now be.
"Poetry is an echo asking a shadow to dance"
I am also part of Bookscapes Collective.
Bookscapes is a group of six artists that have developed a group practice specialising in site specific interventions and exhibitions.