# 16187

HABY, Gracia and JENNISON, Louise [Gracia & Louise]

Because I like you

$990.00 AUD

[Melbourne] : the artists, 2016. Artist’s book, consisting of title sheet, contents sheet, 10 cards each printed with an original woodblock and collage sourced from Edwardian postcards, all housed in a custom linen solander box with collage and woodblock inlays. Created in an edition of 10 copies, each unique with a different assortment of collages.

“Because I Like You is based on the concept of a love letter to ten mammals. Each of the edition is housed in a black fabric Solander box with inlaid windows featuring one of the ten mammals enclosed. Each page has one mammal lemonwood block print portraitand one mirrored original collage of the portrayed mammal. The mammals featured range from a Greater bilby (Macrotis lagotis) to a Sea otter (Enhydra lutris) by way of a Royal antelope (Neotragus pygmaeus) and a gruff Polar bear (Ursus maritimus).

This artists’ book has been over a year in the making, based on a back and forth notion we have been toying with more and more (a collage in response to a print this time). The printed portrait shows nature, as intended (close to), and the collage shows the animal in different (and often less than ideal) surrounds.

It is also our first book to feature woodblock prints.

Because I Like You was released into the wild from our stall at the Melbourne Art Book Fair at the NGV, 2016. The Eurasian red squirrel edition is now in the collection of the University of Melbourne Library; the Sea otter edition is in the collection of the State Library of Victoria; the Greater bilby edition is in the collection of the National Library of Australia; and the Black-and-gold howler monkey edition is in the collection of the State Library of Queensland. In addition, the Polar bear and Royal antelope editions are in private collections.

The Greater stick-nest rat edition was acquired by the Mornington Peninsula Shire, as part of the 2016 National Works on Paperexhibition. The Rufous mouse lemur edition was exhibited as part of the Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award at the Fremantle Arts Centre, late 2016.” – Artists’ statement

‘We are besotted with paper for its adaptable, foldable, cut-able, concealable, revealing nature. In our artists’ books, prints, zines, drawings, and collages, we use an armoury of play, humour, and perhaps the poetic too, with intent to lure you closer. The animal is oft present and easily detectable, the centre of our paper stage. Hard to miss, over here and over there, the animal runs up hills, scales rooftops, and sometimes appears to take flight. Gliding through a scene it is too large to be contained within or perhaps too manmade to call home, that it has a tail or feathers or furred muzzle is not solely why its form appears. For us, the animal is there to question our very behaviour, those moral principles one governs the self by, and to explore our relationship with the natural world. The words of Gogol whisper in the ear, “the longer and more carefully we look at a funny story, the sadder it becomes.” And so, we leave our scenes open-ended, inviting you to ponder and perhaps find that things are not always as they first appear.’ – Artists’ statement

The contemporary artists’ books of Gracia & Louise Our are represented in the collections of Artspace Mackay; Bibliotheca Librorum Apud Artificem; Deakin University Library; Melbourne Museum; Melbourne University Library; Monash University Library; Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery; National Gallery of Australia; National Gallery of Victoria; National Library of Australia; RMIT University Library; State Library of New South Wales; State Library of Victoria; State Library of Queensland; Tate (UK); University of the West of England (UK).