Mountain of Salt – The Book (2023)
Border closures, flight cancellations, stay-at-home orders; a collective populace clinging to news broadcasts, online analysis, social media, and hearsay. Few times in our living memory had language – however fragmented, misinformed, measured or rhetorical – carried such weight.
The early iterations of Mountain of Salt, an expansive series of text-based collage works, began to take form in this very context. Comprising found photographs and digital shape collages, each married to phrases and statements appropriated from news articles, press conferences, and social media, the 371-strong series traces the interweaving social, political and ideological arcs of the early phases of the pandemic, the post-Brexit era, and Black Lives Matter, landing squarely on the potency of language.
Through a cacophony of visual and textual fragments, this book – the London-based artist’s first with Perimeter Editions – revels in the tension between the micro and macro, the individual and collective, and the personal and political, teasing out and making connections between the individual events and linguistic armatures that come to build broader historical eras and movements. Mountain of Salt reads as a resolve to use them with great care.
Published by Perimeter Editions, Australia
Publication date: May 2023 | £35 GBP / $59 AUD
First Edition of 800 | 448 pages, 15 x 19 cm, section-sewn cold glue | ISBN 978-1-922545-19-0 | Printed by Wilco Art Books, Netherlands
Published by Perimeter Editions, Melbourne | Editors: Justine Ellis, Dan Rule | Design: Narelle Brewer for Perimeter Bureau | Assistant editor: Ash Holmes | Lithography: Mariska Bijl, Wilco Art Books
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