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Pragnell, Dizzy


Additional Title(s):

Small beetroot

[Canterbury, Kent] : [Dizzy Pragnell], [2013]
Physical Description:
1 volume ([4] leaves) ; 60 x 80 mm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
N7433.4.P73 A3 2013b Flat A
Yale Center for British Art, Friends of British Art Fund
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Affixed to the front pastedown is a description of beetroot clipped from an unidentified edition of Mrs. Beeton's Book of household management. The back pastedown bears a clipping (16 x 22 mm) of a simple wood-engraved beet.
"Vegetable and Fruit Papyrus: ... Using similar techniques to the ancient Egyptians, the fusion of overlapping fruit/vegetable fibres laminate to form a unique paper. Each sheet of papyrus becomes an arrangement of colour and tone retaining the essence of its origins, without sacrificing the essential reality of the natural form ..."--Artist's statement of technique.
"My work encompasses papermaking using vegetables and fruit, book art and printmaking. Within my work I use food in many different guises and find the most exciting thing about this medium in print making is the unexpected results. The colours and textures are randomly created throughout the process. When I begin a piece I am never sure what the outcome will be, the layering of sliced vegetables and fruit forms independent organic imagery. Using food as a medium I am attempting to explore the use of food as a metaphorical image of the essence of human nourishment. The vegetable and fruit papyrus is the result of experimentation trying to create an edible surface on to which one could print. The overlapping cut sections of vegetable or fruit matter laminated to create a unique paper are works of art in themselves and therefore need no further embellishment ..."--Artist's statement.
Of green leaf, bird, and flower: artists' books and the natural world, p. 118
BAC: British Art Center copy accompanied by artist's original price tag--looped with a red and white string--bearing the title "Small beetroot."
Artist's book, in the form of a simple codex, with concertina spine. Each of the four sheets of vegetable papyrus is composed of four overlapping slices of beetroot. The upper and lower boards are covered in white Himalayan paper, the top board bearing an additional four slices of beetroot. Encircled by a simple paper wrap-around (2 x 6 cm) bearing the rubber-stamped title of the work.
Subject Terms:
Plants -- Nutrition.
Artist's books.
Accordion fold format (Binding)
Handmade papers.
Vegetable papyrus.
Rubber stamp prints.
Beeton, Mrs. (Isabella Mary), 1836-1865. Book of household management.

" Of Green Leaf, Bird, and Flower " : Artists' Books and the Natural World (Yale Center for British Art, 2014-05-15 - 2014-08-10) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

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