Crafting the Artist Book

Crafting the Artist Book


Past event

Philip Carter Family Auditorium

Join us for a book launch panel celebrating When the Veil is Thin a new collaborative publication by Ōtautahi-based artist Jen Bowmast and Pōneke designer Sarah Maxey. The two artists will be joined by Dr Barbara Garrie and curator Melanie Oliver for a conversation around the convention of artist books.

When the Veil is Thin is an artists’ book made collaboratively by Ōtautahi-based artist Jen Bowmast and stellar Pōneke designer Sarah Maxey. Bowmast supplied process photographs of her sculpture – which works with objects, space, bodies and natural forces – and Maxey responded graphically with beautifully spare words and spilled-ink typography. The result is a seductive publication that fuses documentation of emerging work with what appears to be a story written for a alchemist’s child – or to anyone sensitive to the magical properties of language, material and intention to bend time, space and outcomes.

Dr Barbara Garrie is senior lecturer in art history at the University of Canterbury.

Melanie Oliver is a member of our curatorial team, recently curating Jen Bowmast's work, When the Veil is Thin.