Borrowed Light’. 2019 Artist’s book 14.8 x 21 x 2 cms Archival box containing: Book, cyanotype print, glassine envelope, silica gel & teabag. Each book is unique. Limited Edition of 7 Signed and dated. copies are available to buy from the the editions section
Observing. Recording. Witnessing, the action of light itself, the beauty in Nature. An assemblage of events,A field of practices, A cluster of performances.
Artist's Book created during one year residency with the National Trust at Mottisfont 2017 - 2018
Eileen’s objective is less about portraying a literal representation of a place but rather an attempt to convey feelings surrounding ephemerality and the role of the custodian, using the form of a book as a repository or container. Requiring both touch and time as a process and language, it can enable new readings of a site.
‘Borrowed Light’ was made at Oakley Beat, a famous fishing beat on Mottisfont Estate. Using camera-less, historical photographic processes, light sensitive papers were hand coated with cyanotype solution before being placed on site using local plants and left for long periods of time. Being exposed to the spontaneous elements of chance, weather and light, resulted in each print becoming a unique record of time and place. With its references to conservation practice, ‘Borrowed Light’ is also a durational personal field study and involved the additional recording of a variety of conditions whilst on site. Work created during 1 year residency with The National Trust at Mottisfont. Exhibition of final outcomes 'For the Time Being' Mottisfont House Gallery, 3 May - 7 July 2019