Dancing with Sirius: lines of light(series of prints and artist book, 2013)
In the high altitude of the Chilean Andes, the cloudless sky revealed a dazzling canopy of stars as night fell over the Atacama Desert, a stargazer’s paradise. Standing on the summit of the aptly named Cerro Tololo, ‘mountain in front of the abyss’, and surrounded by the imposing white observatories in the dark cold atmosphere, there was one star that captivated me – Sirius – the brightest star in the night sky, and visible in both southern and northern hemispheres. Hypnotised by its brightness and movement I spent most of the night with a handheld camera intent on following this one dominant star. The random choreographic gestures of my arms, like drawing in the air, created lines of light, ephemeral ghost-like threads danced across the sky as each one became suspended in time in my camera. Artist book: 48 pages; 160 x 210 cm; 28 photographs; edition of 30; produced by Book Works, London
Punctuations, Separations and Artists’ Books @ Eagle Gallery/EMH Arts, London
21 June – 19 July 2013
Books acquired by the Tate and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Selected ‘The Best Books for 2011’ by Elizabeth Tonnard for Photo-eye Magazine, USA
Separations exhibited at Eagle Gallery, London, includes 9 prints (33 x 33cm, Giclee printed on 300gsm Somerset paper); 8 special edition cloth-covered solander boxes with books and 11 s/s prints (17x12x2cm); and individual books (24pp, 15x10cm), produced by Book Works.
Elizabeth Tonnard writes: ‘A small, restrained book of tiny seascapes. At first they look like watercolors. The beauty lies in the fact that the photos more or less leave behind their representational qualities to become objects on top of the page. These objects are anonymous, empty, they exist in their color.’ Emma Hill, Eagle Gallery writes: A pared down, minimalist approach is apparent in the works of Jane Grisewood… Separations 2011 – 2013 is a book and related sequence of prints that were inspired by the vast tracts of water that separate the artist’s native New Zealand from Britain. Using the most basic of landscape indicators – the horizontal line, Grisewood has brought together a collection of haunting photographic images made from film, digital camera and mobile phone.’