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The book that influenced Absence is A Nievve Herball or Historie of Plantes
by Gerard Dewes, 1598.
This sixteenth century publication had slight depressions and discolorations in the gutters created by plants that had most definitely been pressed between the pages at some point. The discoloration told me the top of the stem was slightly wavy and may have had a small flower.
Absence is made to be looked at up close and experience.
I wanted to re-create the experience of discovering something hardly visible to the eye, and I wanted light to be a part of that discovery. Cut outs of six plants found through the book are hidden within tri-folds that are wire-edge bound. The cut outs appear in the order that the plants were pressed between the pages of the original book.
Edition of 12
3” x 6” closed