I am currently taking part in Outrider – a partnership between Herefordshire Council’s Libraries service and local artist based organisation Salt Road. The visual art project will draw inspiration from Alfred Watkins’ bee keeping collection at Hereford Library.
I have been commissioned to create several writings, and have chosen to explore the books as a collection of tactile and visceral objects, as well as the relationship between reader and book.
Works in progress below.
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The attached bee related photograph is from the collection held by Hereford Library. It was taken in approximately the 1890s.
Stretched fingers hover, then land,
discover traces of the making,
sweep from cover to cover
binding that frays, loosening at its edge
a faint and smudged thumbprint
(someone has been here)
a thin crease – the top right hand corner
Understanding is rooted in fragmented notes, scribbled in pencil, erased, scribbled again.
In an instantaneous, pixilated society where fingers meet touch screens and eyes squint into luminous spaces, books become objects, authentic and grounding.
In these books lies the opportunity for innate and physical realness.
You let your hands tickle me
You feel my touch on your flesh
You hear the sound we make
My words in your throat
knowledge in your mouth
on your tongue
My being in your mind
brought to life in noise
(speak wom-man speak)