The 4th annual Pushing Print Exhibition in Margate will be showcasing work by artists across two venues in Margate between 5th-27th Ocotber 2012.
I will be showing a recent body of work Two Thousand Insects, specially commissioned for the 2012 Late Shows @ The Lit &Phil and currently on show at the Great North Museum as part of the Curious Case of…..
The title and work refers to a reference made in Robert Spence Watson’s ‘The History of the Literary and Philosophical Society of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (1793-1896).
In his account of the development of the society and library, Watson refers to the Societies growing collection of natural history objects that range from Egyptian mummies, an Australian wombat and two thousand insects. I have taken this incidental detail in Watsons account and created a series of folded books containing at least two thousand insects and set them into a wooden letterpress type tray, referencing the traditional craft of print & book making.
The work is an extension of an exploration of the two thousand insects phenomena made 2007 in which the work is presented as a series of screen printed glass pages and formed part of the Fragile Knowledge installation.
Glass pages, printed china cups, glass books and a hand printed Chap book, completed the exhibition displayed throughout the library shelves.