Small Books

Iceland Walking

My contribution towards a book artist project coordinated by Sarah Clark of ‘Somethink Collective’.  She is based in Stirling, Scotland, (UK).

The overall idea for this project is that contributors create  representations of the “world” through places, that they know of.  They may 
think of a town, a hillside a riverside, city or even I suppose a country - anywhere they have spent time in. The task is to try and represent this, in one simple book.
The book had to only be made from one A4 sheet of paper or card (or something similar) and only be folded into whatever format one chose to create, within the limitations.  One could make cuts to the A4 sheet although it had to remain relatively whole – by which is meant that you were not to, for example,  cut it into halves or thirds and so on.
Both sides of the sheet could be used as well as any media.
“The place I was thinking about when I made my A4 minibook was Iceland, which I have visited on two occasions.  
I interpreted the ‘brief’ so to speak, with considerable freedom, seeking to create a sense of Iceland – its spirit and mythology.
I was thinking of wild horses, hill houses and places such as the Iceberg lagoon (Lake Jokulsarlon).  I remembered how wonderful it felt to be there and the great time I  spent on a walk with my Icelandic artist friend, “Birna Matthiasdottir”.  We spoke of many things, including one time I remember,  about people who believed in fairies, who are referred to as the "huldufolk” (hidden people)   
In fact references to elf like figures have even been made to this, in the epic Icelandic Sagas, which is considered a major item of heritage and culture by the people of Iceland.
The Collective Atlas
is still open for contributions 

“Iceland Walking” Media: collagraph, inkjet, mulberry paper chine-colle, and inkjet, archival adhesive, wool. Overall size: 29 X 21 cm



This work was created for a project called "Your Documents Please" 2008.  The aim of this International project was for artists to create works representing/ exploring the idea of International Identification Documents.  Items were to be  approximately the size of conventional passport documents, 5” x 7” (13cm x 18cm), and flat enough so that they could be "easily stashed together in a suitcase for travel".  

Over the period 2008 - 2010

The collected works from the project have been exhibited in Hyogo and  Kanagawa  in Japan.   Budapest, Hungary, and Bratislava, Slovakia.  

"The plain cloth cover barely disguises the silhouette of a woman - her profile has been carved into the book board underneath.  I was thinking of the current Sudanese crisis.  for me she represents a woman of Darfur who is 'stuck' in a refugee camp/ afraid for her life.  In many senses it is easy to not even notice her.  Inside various figures are represented, such as the frightened little girl who peeps out from the attic, of the text house.  This "House of Letters" signifies the idea of a book or a story, which is one of the ways , that people who are 'struggling against the odds" might help themselves to keep going.  Individuals who have become un- identified and 'stateless' need hope to carry them through."

                                                                                                   Aine Scannell

Here is a link to the website that documents, very well, the entire project:


Installation (collaborative) at Venice Biennial
 2011, through Elysium Gallery UK

Inimois (unique miniature)

  Size55 x 85 x 15 mm

  2.25 x 3.75 x 0.50  inches


Techniques/ processes:

  trace monotype, drawing, collage, drypoint pastel   drawing. + c.a.d.

  printed out on on Fabriano 5, 160 gsm paper using archival pigment inkjet.
  Additionally incorporated is Fabriano Rosaspina 220 gsm and Hahnemuhle paper 220 gsm,
  silk thread, transparent tinted gauze ribbon with bookbinders pva.

  All materials archival

  The subject matter of this piece, is linked to the acquisition of knowledge –
  i.e. to become illuminated.  There are darker aspects involved in this process    
  but also lighter dimensions which the book explores.  Now that the internet is  
  more a part, of most peoples lives -  knowledge is no longer the exclusive
  domain of the elite.

  The word “Inimois” comes from the ‘Lingua Ignota’ of Hildegard of Bingens writings , this  
  was a  secret language, that she developed in the 12th century.  It means human being or
  being human………..

Catalogue of the works featured in this project

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