*Exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2014
Edition of 15
Technique: Etching on Somerset paper, hand-coloured with watercolour, collagraph end papers, hand-tooled bookcloth cover
Measurements (cm):Closed - 8cm x 5cm x 1cm Open - 8cm x 30cm
The concept for "Engram" is based on the idea that we, as individuals, impact those around us as we progress through our lives. The circular motifs and dots, some of which are coloured, larger and more prominent, represent how different people have a greater or lesser influence on our own existence. By meeting and sharing time with these people, they alter our perspective on the world around us, and in some cases change the very fabric of our individuality. Engram is an etched concertina book, hand finished with watercolour paint. The book has collagraph printed end papers, with a book cloth cover and hand tooled lettering. The book is part of a series of pieces exploring place and ideas around mapping both physical and emotional space. This piece depicts a memory trace, an engram, and uses processes to support its meaning such as etching and blind tooling, techniques that leave permanent marks on surfaces as experience does on individuals.