‘Gathering Dust’. 2019
45 x 45 cms
Japanese paper, cyanotype, screen & transfer prints.
Limited edition of 10.
‘Into the rose garden. My words echo
Thus, in your mind.
But to what purpose,
Disturbing the dust on a bowl of rose-leaves.
I do not know.
‘Burnt Norton’ 1935 T.S.Eliot
copies are available to buy from the the editions section
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.
The conservation practices of the National Trust, in this case the very specific housekeeping techniques employed for the folding of dusters inspired ‘Gathering Dust’. Shrub roses from the rose garden were used in the making of the cyanotype print. A serendipitous find in a charity shop of a handwritten housekeeping guide written by four nuns, provided the hand printed text.