Lord, Anne (2005) Sinistre/Dextra. [Creative Work]

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Artists' books form an important aspect of showing a suite of images to deliver an idea. 'Sinistre/Dextra ' was exhibited in 'Artists' Books 05', Noosa.

Research Statement

Research Background The book 'Sinistre/Dextra' was made with black and white medical images and perspex 'leaves'. It contributes to ideas of breaking and mending in the way the book holds explicit images of broken wrist bones and metal pins against foliage. Artists' books are recognized as an efficient and creative format to present images in a suite. The format has expanded to include sculptural forms of the book as image. In this case the book is mixed-media including perspex, medical Xrays and muslin.
Research Contribution The book 'Sinistre/Dextra (Left/Right)' is wrapped up in a sling, a protection of the images and shiny perspex. The images were made post-broken arm and include medical and leaf imagery. The muslin sling, like a medical sling protects the book for sending and when putting away; an idea for visually interpreting the way pain is wrapped in soft surfaces when possible. For the display the perspex cover is placed on the open sling. Images on the perspex pages can be seen properly against white gauze when they are opened and lying on top of this. When it is put away the transfer image of plaster bandage on the front of the sling is shown. Lord presents images and ideas in the form of an artist's book with hinged perspex leaves or sheets. These contain medical x-ray images of broken bones and refer to the time taken for mending processes.
Research Significance The images juxtaposed against a cold or hard perspex layer evoke the pain and suffering of broken bones. This could be used in the context of any pain involving cold and inflammation. This artist’s book presents hard and soft surfaces in order to contribute to reflection on how people's bones mend after accidents. While many artists have accessed the medical image for art work, this artist's book brings in the personal element of relating imagery to breaking and mending. The images and association of healing is a significant topic for visual artists and their audiences. The fact that these associations can be addressed through artist's books in an exhibition environment leads to new means (and places) to enter into dialogue about the healing process.
Item ID: 5038
Item Type: Creative Work (Original Work - Visual Art)
Media of Output: Perspex 'leaves' hinged with metal and a loose muslin cover to wrap around the perspex.
Keywords: artists' books, livres d'artistes, healing, visual arts,
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This work was featured in the exhibition 'Artists' Books.05', Noosa Regional Gallery, Pelican Street, Tewantin. The exhibition and artist information are available from the Related URLs field.

Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2012 23:31
FoR Codes: 19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) @ 100%
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