RAHDA PANDEY, book artist. ~ Absence.
6 leaves each with handcut illustrations on abaca appearing as watermarks. No. 12 of only 12 copies. 76 x 150 mms sewn as issued, housed in the original grey paper folding protective portfolio with cutout of a leaf by Pandey in the bottom right corner. As new.
Influenced by ‘A Nievve Herball or Histoire of Plantes’ by Gerard Dewes, 1598, Rahda Pandey has created an enigmatic and exquisite book. She found a copy which had depressions and discolourations in the gutters created by plants which had been pressed in the book at some point. This inspired her to create this book with 6 cut outs of plants hidden within tri-folds which are wire-edge bound. Until they are held in the light they are hardly visible and so creating the idea of traces of something that was and is no longer there.
Radha Pandey is an important young papermaker, letterpress printer and book artist. She is particularly interested in paper and watermarks as art, studying both Western and Asian papermaking techniques. Her work is always exquisite, unique and breathtakingly beautiful.