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Louise Atkinson

Books

My interest in books relates to the interactive nature of the work and the agency of the object. Therefore, much of the work I create has a participatory element, needing to be activated by the audience. I often use digital printing, preferring conceptual over material concerns, although I am interested in exploring the formal qualities of the book and the way that it functions. I am also interested in the ways that language and symbols convey meaning, so a lot of my work also explores those elements. The edition sizes are often large and unnumbered to allow for wider distribution.

Short films

Through focusing on the time-based nature of the book, the short films are a development of these ideas. As well as showing the ways that the book can be seen to function, they reinforce the book as an animated object, through a narrative of still images.

Louise Atkinson

I have been working as an artist, curator and educator since 2004 and am currently studying for a practice-led PhD in Fine Art at the University of Leeds, specialising in artist books. Alongside this, I also organise an online curatorial project called Artist Book Collective. My work has been featured in fairs and exhibitions at the Whitechapel Gallery (London), BALTIC (Gateshead) and Fruitmarket Gallery (Edinburgh).

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Tasseography Alphabet explores the concept of allegory, described by Walter Benjamin as an aggregation of signs which represent fleeting and fragmentary truths. The Tasseography Alphabet therefore depicts a set of symbolic images as a divination tool in order to express the way in which we continually try to disseminate received knowledge. Tasseography Alphabet is part of AMBruno's I'm telling you stories. Trust me collection of limited edition prints.

Tasseography Alphabet by Louise Atkinson

Louise Atkinson, Tasseography Alphabet (2013)
Digital print and Chine-collé.

Brimstone Almanac by Louise Atkinson

Louise Atkinson
Brimstone Almanac (2013)
12 x 12cm. Unlimited edition.

Brimstone Almanac by Louise Atkinson



Brimstone Almanac by Louise Atkinson



Brimstone Almanac by Louise Atkinson



The Brimstone Almanac, which is part of AMBruno's 16 collection, takes the form of a cyclical flexagon, a square panel book that continuously unfolds to reveal one of four pages, each made up of four sections, totalling 16 sections. Drawing on alchemic and hermetic beliefs in the meaning of numbers and their magical properties, The Brimstone Almanac also references the atomic number of sulphur, which is also 16.

Vintage Brecht by Louise Atkinson and Gareth Durasow

Louise Atkinson and Gareth Durasow
Vintage Brecht (2011)

Vintage Brecht by Louise Atkinson and Gareth Durasow

Louise Atkinson and Gareth Durasow
Vintage Brecht (2011)

Vintage Brecht by Louise Atkinson & Gareth Durasow is produced as a decorator swatch book of blue paint samples with associated names and attempts to highlight the disconnection between word and image. As with Derrida's différance, colour can also be changed in relation being seen in context with other colours. Vintage Brecht is part of AMBruno's Blue collection.

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