A Thought item about Mary Vivienne Husted's Open Books project.
Mary Vivienne Husted, The calligraphy of landscape
About The calligraphy of landscape
My work on the Open Books project has brought me in touch with artists from very different traditions. From the Chinese I have learned a new understanding of positive and negative space and a reverence for the accidental mark. This had fed into my own work and helped me to develop what I call the calligraphy of the 'found' or 'given' mark. Many of these marks are rubbings from the natural environment. Fragments of these together with drawn 'made' marks are combined to roam across pages to hint at rather than to depict the world around me.
In a conversation with a Chinese colleague about the nature of what constitutes a book I was told that their name for a folding book is a collection of pages. This referred to their traditional use of the format as a receptacle for images or information. Alongside my work on folding books I am now making framed works of collections of separate but linked images. These are all part of my continuing experiments with the idea of a calligraphy of landscape.