X Marks the Spot

X Marks the Spot Hazel Grainger United Kingdom, 2012

X Marks the Spot
Hazel Grainger
United Kingdom, 2012

This book represents place literally, in the form of a map, with the places names and all other text obliterated by a series of rubber stamped x’s. The topography and visual signs and symbols of the map may identify the geographical location depicted, but it is intended that the deletion of named locations free up the image to fit to places in the memory or imagination of the reader. There is a slightly sinister implication of censorship, and altering or restricting access to information, but with this interference of the image new data is presented such as the concentration of the x’s giving a sense of the density of populated areas. This is contrasted by a playful look at the idea of a treasure map where x marks the spot, and in this case the spot could be any of multiple locations perhaps indicating that there is something treasured in different places by different people.

Rubber stamp printing onto a single folded page with board covers.

About sense of place in artist books

I am an artist. I find the ephemeral place in my art conjured up through practice. I sift through raw materials with my hopes and dreams, and ideas take form as if intended.
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