It is now a few months since I posted my little book "Transparent" off around the globe - and as far as I know they have all arrived safely.(Mind you there are a few for which I would like a confirmation that this is so, - no replies or acknowledgments yet)
So for those of you who have been waiting for some explanation, here goes.
“Transparent” is an A5 book of transparent drawings about the different aspects, the sum of many individual bits that keep changing continually and are impossible to pin down, a shifting, impermanent persona.
The covers of the book are all slightly different in the way the waxy surfaces have been gently scratched and marked. This hints at how we all rub up against the world and are affected differently. Only gentle scrapes were made and certainly no evidence of being rubbed up the wrong way (that would be a whole new area to explore). The torso, a symbol of the person used throughout the book, is empty but a Ned Kelly visor gives an Australian glimpse of the facial features made by individual dots. The title “Transparent” is transparent and emerges from a scratching made on the reverse side in mirror image.
The misty writing on the interleaving transparent pages is about some of the problems of being transparent but is not meant to be read in a consecutive, sequential, rational way. This would imply that the unravelling process is easy and well understood. Rather the pages are meant to give confusing hints and glimpses of possible meanings.
The different mugshots are filled and surrounded by with ideas and symbols which are all part of my persona. Using transparent paper allows the separate images to interrelate, layer and confuse the final snapshot. The transparent pages also allow us to look both ways, to the future but also the past.
Although the outside shape of the form is always the same, the different contents reflect some of the various layers that together go to make me who I am. The contents and backgrounds include x-rays, drawings, collaged text, maps, stamps and other symbols referring to my world. The book is an attempt to promote understanding by being transparent.
It was a great experience and very enjoyable solving all the various processes and have made a few great like minded BAO artists. Looking forward to see what evolves next year.