Paper to a wood
The book is comprised of two elements, one supporting the other. It may be held in one’s hands, but very soon the two distinct parts and their implied interdependence suggest that the one, and then the other be stood upright. Printed on one component is the photographic reproduction of the front and back of another sheet that has been cut through many times. Across the folds of the cover/column part is the text From paper to a wood through many cuts. Looking back, lingering there with Eco - this allusion to Umberto Eco (with in mind his Six Walks in the Fictional Woods) derives from the image’s resemblance to a dense copse, and the passage into a place of the imagination.
In the originating image the texture of the fore-edge’s surface hints at the many leaves that make it up - Paper to a wood evolves from a reverse notion, that it may be imagined that such a surface be cut repeatedly, and that it is this action that creates the hundreds of pages of the book.
Open edition, single sheet and folded cover, laser printed on 300gsm Canaletto Book and 270gsm Colorplan Harvest. 2020.