Cutting Into Books & Politics. (The pen is mightier than the sword)

A new collaborative ‘Altered Books’ project with Angela Martin is currently in the Exhibition … Revisiting the Laws of England on show at The Sidney Nolan Trust alongside paintings by the late Sidney Nolan

The core exhibition subject is … Magna Carta. Our exhibit is called …  ‘No one is above the Law’

Before making the final artwork first there was historical research leading on to a contemporary political investigation. Surprisingly on the 800th anniversary there were worrying similarities. King John managed to repeal Magna Carta and the current conservative government is hoping to get rid of the Human Rights Act. Although the characters involved and surrounding circumstances are 800 years apart much is similar … The notion that you can Get rid of ‘the law’ if you can’t get around it. We managed in our two shared law volumes to squash Kings, A Pope and a few politicians in-between the pages. We sincerely hope that the spirit of Magna Carta and the Human Rights legislation that grew from it really does remain powerful enough to crush current and future upstarts.

Magna Carta Invite (2)

The Exhibition will go on tour later this year … all details from the Sidney Nolan Trust (link above)

Remembering World War 1



Today I finished and then exhibited my altered book  about two major battles of WW1, The Marne & The Somme. I found the book which gave accounts of several historic battles in a second hand bookshop. First I took it apart, removed all but the WW1 references and then printed exploding poppies and barbed wire over all the remaining pages on both sides. I then reconstructed the book with a new cover.

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Today it went on display beneath one of the five poppy hangings I  printed with the same silk screens. The book & hangings are in the display by Marches Book Arts Group  in the beautiful church of St Michael’s in Waters Upton (North of Shrewsbury). The exhibition can be seen this weekend on Sat. 8th Nov between 12noon – 4.00 & then on Remembrance Sunday 9th Nov. between 10.15 – 12.15.

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This is the forth venue for the work since June and because of the date this time has extra special significance.

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