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Bonnell, Mandy


[London] : Mandy Bonnell, [2012]
Physical Description:
20 packets : illustrations ; in box 8 x 21 x 11 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
N7433.4.B56 L53 2012 Flat A
Yale Center for British Art, Friends of British Art Fund
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Copyright Status:
© The Artist
Archives & Manuscripts
"Drawings by Mandy Bonnell. Poem by Gabriel Gbadamosi. Box made by Elizabeth Neville. Letterpress by Graham Bignell." Card bears the signature of Mandy Bonnell, in graphite.
"Lichen in puddles and in woods, along the blue green arm of the beech, on the yellow cushion of rocks, under the orange stare of the sun. Gabriel Gbadamosi."
Unique copy.
Issued with three printed cards (on heavy white paper). The first of these bears the title (printed in mottled green-brown ink); the second, two lines of verse by Gabriel Gbadamosi; the third, the names of the artist and collaborators.
The 20 concertina (accordion-fold) booklets are each comprised of 3 panels (75 x 75 mm), with drawings on the front side only.
The head and foot of each of the 20 packets are comprised of slender loops of paper, on which repetitions of the word "lichen" have been printed (inkjet). Some of the packets bear a fine pattern of pin pricks on an inner panel.
Issued in a hand-made box, covered in gray linen. Title printed letterpress on box top (in green-brown ink). The inside of the box is lined with Japanese paper, into which a pattern of dots (of irregular size) has been cut.
Of green leaf, bird, and flower: artists' books and the natural world, p. 22.
"I have completed a residency specifically related to Book Art at Buckinghamshire County Museum (June 2011), which was awarded through the Muir Arts Trust. This enabled me to continue drawings of botanical investigations through a series of line drawings, from the museum's extensive lichen collection, making use of punctuated dots, stops, and colons. The time it takes to draw these sequences unites the pursuit of hand stitched needlepoint botanical samplers as well as forming their own story utilising a repeated mark within a non-repeated pattern. I produced a series of 20 hand made slipcases each containing a small concertina book of drawings with a laced paper cut out to represent each day of the residency, which resulted in an exhibition held in July 2011."--The artist.
Subject Terms:
Artists' books -- Great Britain.
Lichens -- Pictorial works.
Women in natural history.
Botanical illustrations.
Patterns (design elements)
Artists' books.
Accordion fold format (Binding)
Cut-paper works.
Graphite drawings.
Gbadamosi, Gabriel.
Bignell, Graham, printer.
Neville, Elizabeth.
IIIF Manifest:

"Of Green Leaf, Bird, and Flower" : Artists' Books and the Natural World (Yale Center for British Art, May 15, 2014-August 10, 2014) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

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