Saturday, July 14, 2018

Last Day of Melbourne Athenaeum Library Residency

At the dawning of my last day as artist-in-residence at Melbourne Athenaeum Library, here is my artist book Progeny in its final stages of completion. (Fortunately the hand-stitching went without a hitch).

Following directly below are ‘shelfies’ of the completed work (aside from binding) and finally, portraits of the women who inspired the work: Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein (1818) and Elsa Lanchester, whose astonishing, all too brief performance in James Whales’s film The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) was the point of departure for my artist book. 

In Shelley’s novel Frankenstein builds a bride for his ‘monster’ but just before giving her life, he destroys her. (Well before this stage, we’re seriously questioning who the real monster is).