So I responded to the open brief of Amelias Magazine, which called for artwork for a new limited edition collectible artists´ book on the theme of That Which We Do Not Understand.
This was the full brief given by Amelia:
The theme of That Which We Do Not Understand is inspired by my recent travails into the unknown: over the last year I’ve had two late miscarriages and it has got me thinking about how we don’t really understand very much about this world. We don’t fully get how our bodies work, and there is an awful lot we don’t understand about the threshold between life and death, between health and illness, between western medicine and natural approaches. For that reason humans have turned to many alternative practices to bring clarity into their lives. Please be inspired in your art and writing by the following: Mysticism, Spirituality, Alchemy, Paganism, Witchcraft, Herbalism, Shamanism, Magick, Voodoo, Folklore, Occult, Esotericism, Tarot, Astrology, Animal Spirits, Paranormal activities, the Moon and much more. Think of the unknown space where strange ideas that we can’t quite make sense of exist, however abstract this might be – or be inspired by your own experiences. And feel free to use this brief as an excuse to marvel at life, in all its wonder.
I submitted the artwork above an luckily my work got included in the book!
The yellow areas in the artwork is an indication of where the gold leaf is placed in print.
I was inspired by "story" I once heard about Native Americans used to go into the woods only to bury their sons to the neck and make them spend one night alone there. This was done at the verge to manhood as a tool to strenghten them and make them more receptive to animal spirit guides etc. I made a spin over the story and translated it into my own visual language.
I can´t wait to get my hands on a copy of the book and flip through the pages with a nice cup of herbal tea!
The publication is out and available for you to purchase at Tate, Design Museum and Magma. You can also buy the book online in Amelia´s web shop. Here you will also find limited edition prints from the book. Find it here:
The publication features specialist gold spot printing on beautiful paper with great binding and a special gold foiled celebration cover. It is the same size as the original magazine appeared in print, so it will sit nicely on a bookshelf alongside the old issues. It is a return to what Amelia’s Magazine does best in print, as a celebration of the 10th Anniversary Artist’s Edition. It was launched with a big party at a gallery in East London, where guests where be able to meet some of the contributors and buy the publication and corresponding limited edition prints.