Materials: card, acrylic inks, metallic yarn, beads

Technique: calligraphy, painting, book assemblage

Size: 13 x 13 x 12cm 


Description: This tetrahedral pyramid structure features one face for each season, 

The outer shell shows the phrase “spring sows, summer grows, autumn reaps, winter sleeps”, hand-lettered on a painted background in appropriate colours.

As the book is opened, each season can be explored in more detail, with the descriptive text emphasising the unique character of that time of year. The quotations are hand-lettered in italic calligraphy in seasonal colours.

The words in the central section poetically describe the harmonious progression of the seasons throughout the year, and this cycle (this annual revolution) is symbolised by the gradual blending of the colours in this foundation square. This concept is further enhanced by the unifying thread which contains small traces of each seasonal hue.

Although we can physically experience only one specific season at any point in time, we can still remember and anticipate the others.

Just as the seasons follow each other, the pages of this book can revolve and open, so that at any one time, even though the focus is on one specific page, traces of the other sections are still in evidence.

So, the book can be displayed as a closed pyramid, concealing its inner potential, or opened in various ways to reveal one or more specific seasonal insights.

Created during my 2012 Artist-in-Residency at Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha.
Displayed in “The Language of Nature II” exhibition and “Floressence” at Mt Coot-tha (read more information about this in my Residency Blog).
Exhibited in the Libris Award at Mackay, and at Artisan Books in Melbourne, and at “Common Threads” at Brisbane Square Library & Bribie Island Community Gallery in 2013.
Printed n the “Sheffield International Artists Books catalogue” in 2013.

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