‘Printed Matter’. 2018 Artist’s book
‘Printed Matter’. 2018
20 x 12.5 x 0.5 cms
Silver gelatin prints, Oyster wove card.
Each book is unique. Open edition
Signed and dated.
Preserving a moment,
in the very act of becoming.
I take part,
in the existence of things.‘
Eileen was artist in residence with the National Trust at Mottisfont from 2017 - 2018, where her objective was 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. By requiring both touch and time as a process and language, it enables new readings of a site.
‘Printed Matter’ was made at Oakley Beat, a famous fishing beat on the River Test within the Mottisfont Estate. Using camera-less, historical photographic processes, light sensitive papers were placed on site using plants that grow in the rare chalk-stream habitat 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.
The body of work produced as part of the residency is currently on show at Mottisfont, 'For the Time Being' Exhibition 03.05.19 - 07.07.19 daily.