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Pragnell, Dizzy

Provenance : vegetable box.

Additional Title(s):

Vegetable box

[Canterbury, Kent] : [Dizzy Pragnell], [2013]
Physical Description:
5 volumes ; each 60 x 80 mm, in box 65 x 90 x 60 mm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
N7433.4.P73 A3 2013d Flat A
Yale Center for British Art, Friends of British Art Fund
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Issued in a paper box with fold-down sides and twine tie. The reinforced based is rubber-stamped "Vegetable box." The twine tie loops through a paper label bearing the rubber-stamped title "Provenance" on one side and "Vegetable box" on the other.
"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. 119
BAC: British Art Center copy in original paper box, with twine ties and title label.
Five small volumes; for each, the text block is composed of five leaves of a single variety of vegetable papyrus. The set comprises: asparagus, aubergine, beetroot, cabbage, and mushroom. Each volume has a concertina spine, to which the sheets of vegetable papyrus are mounted. Each volume within boards covered in banana paper. For each, an additional sheet of vegetable papyrus is affixed to the upper cover, above the rubber-stamped title (e.g. "Asparagus"). All pastedowns bear clippings from an unidentified cookbook.
Subject Terms:
Plants -- Nutrition.
Artist's books.
Accordion fold format (Binding)
Handmade papers.
Vegetable papyrus.
Rubber stamp prints.

"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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