AMBruno Artists
Cally Trench

AMBruno Home

AMBruno artistsAMBruno Projects

Books: My relationship with books is physical and private, and I like to make books that are sculptural and handmade. Some refer to aspects of old-fashioned books (slipcases, marbled end papers); some refer to types of books (photograph albums, concertina books of souvenir photographs, pop-up books, spotter's guides, school exercise books). They are all intended to be handled as well as read.

Short films: Timelapse films convey movement through a succession of still images - as indeed do all motion pictures. The magic of creating movement from stillness never fails to please me.

Cally Trench is an artist whose work focuses on mapping and different viewpoints. Her work includes board games, timelapse films, books, and peephole boxes, as well as paintings and drawings in which she maps places or people. She gained an MA in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London in 2007.

Eleven Views of Fiona's Washing Line by Cally Trench

Cally Trench -
Eleven Views of Fiona's Washing Line (2008)

A zigzag book, showing a series of photographs taken at different times of the year of a laden washing line. Handmade book. Edition of 10. Watercolour paper, ribbon and
digital prints.

International Day by Cally Trench and Philip Lee

Cally Trench and Philip Lee -
International Day (2017)

International Day is part of AMBruno's [sic] collection. At Cally's English primary school, in the early 1960s, there was an annual 'International Day', when children dressed up in a mish-mash of national costumes. Cally and Philip have re-created International Day, and readers are invited to identify the eight European countries they depict, so becoming complicit in the stereotypes. Edition of 25. Inkjet printed. Hand-sewn pamphlet.

Sphinx Skeleton by Cally Trench

Cally Trench - Sphinx Skeleton (2013)

Sphinx Skeleton is part of AMBruno's I'm telling you stories. Trust me collection of limited edition prints. It shows the skeleton of a mythical creature, whose bones are laid out as if discovered during an archeological excavation. This print is not an anatomical reconstruction; it is the endpoint of a narrative. We read stories about creatures that, if they existed in reality, would die as well as live. Linocut on watercolour paper with hand-
painted gold eye.

Twenty-five Wrought Iron Front Gates by Cally Trench

Cally Trench -
Twenty-five Wrought Iron Front Gates (2013)

Twenty-five Wrought Iron Front Gates, which is part of AMBruno's Lines collection, is a spotter's guide to a dying species; front gates are disappearing from our streets as front gardens are converted into parking spaces. Made of wrought iron, with curly and straight lines translated into metal, these gates are symbolic portals rather than solid defences. Edition of 15. Inkjet with hand-painted
gold emblem on bamboo paper.

16 Dada Heads by Cally Trench and Philip Lee

Cally Trench and Philip Lee -
16 Dada Heads (2013)

16 Dada Heads is part of AMBruno's 16 collection. To celebrate the start of Dada in 1916, it is based on, inspired by, or completely tangential to Dada. Sixteen Dada Heads, a performance based on the book, was performed by Cally and Philip at the Eagle Gallery on 13th July 2013. Digital prints on watercolour paper with collage and drawing. First edition of 16.

Start and End Paper, by Cally Trench

Cally Trench - Start and End Paper (2012)

Start and End Paper is part of AMBruno's One Fold Book collection. It shows 'marbling', actually drawn by hand on a computer, on both sides, in recollection of the marbled end papers in some old books.

Blue Home Grown by Cally Trench and Philip Lee

Cally Trench and Philip Lee -
Blue Home Grown (2011)

Blue Home Grown, which is part of AMBruno's Blue collection, is a friendly homage to Roy Hay's Home Grown, a gardening hit of 1956, based on a BBC programme. The V&A bought a copy of every book in the Blue collection, including Blue Home Grown. Digital prints with original pages from Home Grown.

Face by Cally Trench

Cally Trench - Face (2010)

Shown in AMBruno's Project 101 Video Works in New York in 2011, Face focuses on one man's face. He starts by blinking and smiling, like a simple computer animation, but his choreographed expressions become more and more extravagant and extraordinary, before reverting back to blinking and smiling. With the face of Philip Lee. Timelapse film. 101 seconds.

Chess Wars by Cally Trench

Cally Trench - Chess Wars (2010)

Shown in AMBruno's Project 101 Video Works, Chess Wars shows a playground for chess gymnastics and a battle ground between chess and draughts pieces. Timelapse film. 101 seconds.

Remarkable Bookshelf by Cally Trench

Cally Trench - Remarkable Bookshelf (2011)

For Remarkable Bookshelf, Cally Trench asked the Remarkable and Curious Conversations artists in June 2010 what they were reading, and she made a zigzag book from photographs of one hundred of the book spines. Handmade zigzag book. Watercolour paper and digital photographs. Remarkable Bookshelf was bought by the Tate.

Feel Good Miniature Scrolls by Cally Trench

Cally Trench -
Feel Good Miniature Scrolls (2011)

The Feel Good Miniature Scrolls were presented as a lucky dip at Artsmart 2011. Handmade scrolls in envelopes. Printed paper and thread.

Teatime by Cally Trench

Cally Trench - Teatime (2009)

Teatime is a handmade pop-up book with four scenes, showing an encounter at teatime.

Letter from Gran by Cally Trench

Cally Trench - Letter from Gran (2009)

Letter from Gran is an enlarged embroidered copy of a letter written by Cally Trench's grandmother in 1963. It was shown in AMBruno's Wrapped and Encased, 2008.

AMBruno Home

AMBruno artistsAMBruno Projects