These books often evolve through the collision and mis-connection of word and image to re-make histories, myths and stories. Examples include ‘The Arsonist’s Tale’ which originated in the burning of Chaucer’s ‘The Canterbury Tales’. Using fire as ‘an editor’ provided material from which a new narrative emerged. In ‘View from a hillside’, the myth of Loch Ness is re-presented as a photographic romance across time, and in ‘Chants de Chance’, the surrealists’ well-known proposition of ‘the chance encounter of a sewing machine and an umbrella on an operating table’ gives the structure to an illustrated book of surreal poetry.
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Matthew Richardson Artist + Illustrator
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