A beautiful contribution from Aine Scannell, with a huge apology from me for not putting it on the blog sooner. I really wanted to do it justice and it has taken some time to get the time to upload this. No excuse though!
This piece combines poetry, print and collage to great effect. The intimate lines of text, hand written, draw the viewer in as we decipher what is being said. The text itself if full of emotion, " birds fly over my pool of tears creating beautiful waves and...:, "isolated voices sleeping and crying". Combined with references to nature and the carefully considered imagery, as well as the deep quality to the printed surfaces, the book takes on a quite peaceful and still feel. The collage and hand made aesthetic of the piece gives the viewer a certain connection with the artist, as well as a personal connection to the place the book represents. There is an air of melancholy that can not be ignored, however this should not be misread as depressing or dark, but rather creates an air of mystery around the book. A really carefully put together piece, down to the intimate package it was wrapped in. A great pleasure to have received it!
Please go and see more of Aine's work and her prints at her website www.ainescannell.com