Louisa Boyd, “Echoes”
Artist: Louisa Boyd (Chester, Cheshire, UK)
Title: Echoes (2013)
Medium/technique(s): Palm leaf structure contained in the format of a scroll. Two plate copper etching printed with oil-based ink onto Somerset paper, and laminated onto leather. Blind tooled leather cover with a wooden handle and buttoned closure, housed in a cylindrical box, covered in book cloth.
Edition size: Unique
Number of pages: 24
Dimensions, open: 21.5 x 35 x 2.5cm
Dimensions, closed: 5 x 21.5 x 5cm
Echoes belongs to a series of artist’s books that considers the journey of the human soul and its innate connection to the natural world it is placed within. This group of works explores concepts of mortality and infinity, and the idea that the physical world retains part of our soul and energy eternally. The pieces also attempt to visually interpret our individual relationships with the natural world and spirituality, defining perspectives on transcendence through use of symbols and carefully chosen techniques and materials. This results in pieces that operate in a multi layered fashion, involving the audience and encouraging interaction. Each individual’s experience and perspective should enable a different interpretation of the works. The book itself as a structure traditionally encourages this personal and private response and both a physical and emotional interaction, lending itself not only to the conceptual element of this themed body of work but to the contemplative nature that this subject demands.
Echoes is a book bound with an adapted palm leaf structure to allow it to open flat and is contained in the format of a scroll. The repeated patterns are created from the prints of a two plate copper etching printed with oil-based ink onto Somerset paper, and laminated onto leather. It has a blind tooled leather cover with a wooden handle and buttoned closure, and is housed in a cylindrical box, covered in book cloth.
Echoes uses repeated imagery to suggest the impression that others leave upon us during their life and after they have passed away. Fundamentally, the piece describes memory; the echoes of a person that remain with those who remember them, and how the human psyche interprets triggers in the physical world to access such memories. Format and technique play an important role in the piece, and have been carefully chosen to support the book’s meaning: Both blind tooling and etching techniques are used; processes which permanently retain the marks and traces from their physical encounter with the tools that made them. The use of a scroll as a format further alludes to the concept of the work, as it is traditionally an object used to pass important information or historical knowledge on to the next generation.