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Whatever the bird is, is perfect in the bird / collaboration by Katharine Nix and Helen Sanderson
Bib ID 7329974
Format BookBook [text, volume]
Author
Nix, Katharine, artist
 
Description [Bawley Point, New South Wales and Coolum Beach, Queensland] : Katharine Nix and Helen Sanderson, 2016 
6 unnumbered panels (concertina folded) : colour illustrations ; 31.5 cm x 2.45 m, concertina folded to 31.5 x 30 cm, in phase box 32.5 x 32.5 cm 
Summary

"The relationship of humans to birds is a long and complex one. We have fed and eaten them, elevated them to symbols of power, peace and a myriad other human concerns, subjected them to taxidermy and made them status symbols. We have studied, revered, been inspired by and at times, resented the species. While, for all the time we have co-habitated this Earth with them, to quote from the Judith Wright poem which inspired this book, 'Whatever the Bird is, is perfect in the bird.'"--Artists' statement, Katharine Nix and Helen Sanderson.

Full contents
  • Plate 1. Anonomous green reed paper. Text: king parrot, whistling kite, eastern rosella. Printed image: king parrot.
  • Plate 2. Scotch thistle pod paper. Text: European gold finch; white-winged chough; magpie lark. Printed image: white-winged chough. Plate 3. Buff tussock grass paper. Text: white-naped honey eater; straw-necked ibis; wattle bird; willie wagtail.
  • Plate 4. Pink elm paper. Text: Little grassbird; yellow-faced honey eater; leaden flycatcher. Printed image: yellow-faced honey eater.
  • Plate 5: Buff winter kangaroo grass paper. Text: Horsfield's bronze cuckoo; welcome swallow; scarlet robin; noisy friar bird. Printed image: noisy friar bird.
  • Plate 6. Warm buff bull rush paper. Text: grey shrike-thrush; red-rumped parrot; brown thornbill; crimson rosella; darter. Printed image: darter.
  • Cover: Bleached kangaroo grass paper. Printed image: ibis.
 
Notes

An artist's book, concertina folded 6 panels with watermarked text on various handmade natural plant fibre papers and superimposed digital print images; each sheet of paper mounted in a double-sided window mat, bound together with three cotton tape hinges. Front and back boards covered in green cloth, with sheet of handmade paper tipped to front cover.

Limited edition of 4 copies, numbered and signed by both artists.

National Library's SR copy is no. 3/4.

"Watermarked hand made plant fibre papers by Katharine Nix and images by Helen Sanderson"--Colophon.

Subjects Birds -- Australia -- Pictorial works.  |  Artists' books -- Australia.  |  Paper, Handmade -- Australia.  |  Watermarks -- Australia.  |  Australian
Other authors/contributors Sanderson, Helen, artist  |  Wright, Judith, 1915-2000 Birds

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