One of my final projects for my upcoming exhibition 'Big Smoke, Little Smoke' was a set of 5 artist books titled 'Pedestrian' primarily using photographic images - something quite different from my usual printmaking techniques.
The title 'Pedestrian' alludes to the banalness of the urban environment from a bicycle point of view. I often ride my bike along local roads and bike paths to go shopping etc. One day I realised the extent of urban structure around me - road markings, signage, poles, bins, drains etc. There's so much of it, pointing us in the 'right' direction, guiding us through our journeys, and modifying the natural environment. So banal, so much sameness, it all just becomes a blur in the background. They are the stage props against which we act out our daily lives.
To create the layout for the 5 concertina books, I engaged the services of a graphic designer, Wendy Clark. I had originally intended these to be circle accordion formats with a self-cover but a hiccup in the printing process meant that I had to change plans slightly and so my first books in the edition have self-made covers from box board and binding tape. I also made a simple slipcase to house the books. The low-tech cover and slipcase contrast nicely against the semi-gloss of the monotone photographs.