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Stolen waters / Marian Crawford ; Peter Lyssiotis
Bib ID 6491909
Format BookBook [text, volume]
Author
Crawford, Marian, 1955- artist
 
Description [Melbourne] : Carbon : Masterthief, 2013 
36 unnumbered leaves : illustrations ; 16 x 18 cm., in shell box. 
Summary

An artist's book, "occasioned by B.P.'s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, August 20, 2010," which also refers in red-printed wood type to the locations and dates of other environmental disasters associated with extractive industries. An epigraph by Lillian Hellman refers to the people who "eat the earth," while other people "stand around and watch them eat it." Images of jellyfish are interspersed with an allusive text that suggests that the initial Deepwater Horizon explosion extinguished the light and replaced it with a darkness driven by profit. It perverts nature, and makes water mutate and burn: "A black sludge ripples across the sea, through the air, towards the edges of the planet, towards the centre of our breathing." The spill (which experts pretend to control and contain) becomes a death pool, like an enormous jellyfish, that rises to the surface, and then lies motionless.

Notes

Limited edition of 10 copies with 2 artist's proofs.

National Library's SR copy is no. 9 and signed by the artists.

"The images are photopolymer intaglio, and the text is set in 16 point Bembo and printed letterpress on Velin Arches paper, 250gsm."--Colophon.

Binding

Hand-bound by George Matoulas. Loose paper wrapper covers spine sewing in red thread. Printed wrapper depicts pollution rising into a night sky above a low horizon. 

Subjects BP Deepwater Horizon Explosion and Oil Spill, 2010 - Environmental aspects.  |  Oil spills - Environmental aspects.  |  Water - Pollution.  |  Jellyfishes - Pictorial works.  |  Artists' books - Australia.  |  Letterpress printing - Australia - Specimens.  |  Australian
Other authors/contributors Lyssiotis, Peter, artist, author  |  Matoulas, George, binder  |  Carbon  |  Masterthief
Exhibited Exhibited at Langford 120 Gallery, North Melbourne, March 2014. 

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