Project 2: An artist’s book

Research:

Hans Peter Feldmann on guggenheim at: https://www.guggenheim.org/artwork/artist/hans-peter-feldmann

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans-Peter_Feldmann

Hans Peter Feldmann at Simon Lee gallery from 24 november 2016 to 24 January 2017 at: https://www.simonleegallery.com/artists/hans-peter-feldmann/

 

Hans Peter Feldmann, is a conceptual artist born in 1941 in Dusselforf, Germany. He began his career in the early 1960’s making a series of picture books assembling small staple- bound artist’s books that each contained images of certain types such as soccer players, unmade beds, or women’s knees.He is a collector and appropriator of found images and everyday ordinary short term use  and popular images of objects. He represents and rework on the images bringing new contexts to them. Feldmann work has an aesthetic and conceptual simplicity. It is playful and executed in meticulous ways.  His art work in exhibition remains untitled as he disagree that art should be purchased or owned but to be purely for the viewers personal experience . I think the art of Feldmann shows the variety of material we can use in art. He develops new concepts and images by working in everyday visuals that are part of our lives. Feldmann art is diversified and yet he keeps the sense of simplicity and in our present times it brings awareness for recycling, reusing the unwanted or forgoten and  bring them back to viewers with a new meaning or just with a new light . Feldmann doesn’t draw or paint but the manipulation of his collectables has the same effect in transforming shapes, forms and colours communicating visually his thoughts and feelings about the subject.

 

Wolfgang Tillmans, the art and life of  by Emily Witt, The New Yorker on 10th Sep 2018 at: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/09/10/the-life-and-art-of-wolfgang-tillmans

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolfgang_Tillmans

Wolfgang Tillmanns is a German photographer born in 1968. He studied in Germany and London and was the first non-British person to be awarded the Turner Prize in 2000. Tillmans is known by his diversified body of work . His photos varies from still life, skies, astrophotography and political interests specially in homossexuality and gender identity. He produces images for installations from small to very large. In 1998 Tillmans thought the world have been over photographed and became interested in the chemical foundation of photographic material as well as its haptic spatial possibilities . This new interest gave origin to his abstract work. In my opinion Tillmans work explores the unusual perception of photography. He reinvent objects, given them new meaning or no meaning at all but a sense of deep aesthetic within the space. Tillmans work has many phases and subjects according to his view in the world and the environment he is in. His knowledge and interests goes beyond photography but in people’s emotions and behaviour. I  like the relationship he makes in some still life photos and its setting.It is not about the fruit place by the swimming pool but the colours contrast, space, details and energy in it.  The beggining of his career is definetely very political, approaching sex and gender identity. His abstracts are very investigative in material,image and effects. Wolfgang Tillmans work gives many possibilities for thinking, understanding, enjoy and question the world we live in .

 

 

Still the hairdryer test

I am sketching, planning and I am still not sure what my tutor Diana Ali meant by ‘repetition’. I like the idea but is it really what I literally think is? I am sketching the same image over and over and when I decide what I like and then I will proceed to other images I have chosen for this project. I want to focus on main appliances I use in my domestic life daily : hairdryer, iron, vacuum, a mixer, kettle, laptop or a phone. I want my images to tell a little story about my home, a scene, a couple objects around, bold bright colours the movement of a chaotic and yet lovely home life. I like the lines that follow the object as if it is in movement. The repetition in tonal range might work as well but I need to ask my tutor opinion first.

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Assignment four

Find a place of significance to you to create a site-specific artwork. Responding to features of the site, add a drawn element or select a found drawn element which you will extend to express something you find interesting about the site. Relate your art work to your research in your log and synthesise what you’ve learned about installation and environment art with your own interests.

Trials:

 

Final pieces:

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Reflection on Assignment four:

This Part was a very new experience. I think Project  2 was the most difficult one. Find outdoors themes and make drawings at the site was uncomfortable and hard due to the weather in Southeast Asia. Project 3 was more interesting and prepared me for the Assignment which in the end , I really enjoyed. I was a bit apprehensive when I started going outdoors looking for sites and thinking what I could do. I wanted to use my own drawings and I had a few that I really like . Using photograph and photographing places for a piece of artwork was something I have never done before. I went around my neighbourhood and found a few interesting sites to work with. There is a lot of concrete around me and I wanted to add something fun or very colourful to make a contrast between the real grey world and an imaginary happy world. My favourite site was the alcove featured in one of the pillars under a flyover . As soon as I looked at it, I saw that something could be seeing on the other side of it. A secret passage or an imaginary door that would lead somewhere completely opposite of the concrete jungle around. It is a typical urban site that pass me the feeling of being a dodgy place when it gets dark, somewhere that not many people would just hang around. I know it would be a lot easier if I had or knew how to use any drawing software, or it might be the same as it took me patience and time to cut figures, re scale images to fit the photograph, play around, photograph the images I like again and again, looking for the right time of the day and light. I think now with this small experience, that photography is a quite fascinating practice. I enjoy the task of creating an image interacting an urban site with my drawings. I was inspired by the work of street artist Kurt Wenner and Edgar Mueller . I wanted to create fantasy and fun for the viewers to experience. Something to break the dulness of the concrete and make the site bright and attractive to look at. My first favourite combination was adding my ‘creatures’ that I drew a long time ago for a children’s book story. They are special to me, I like how they make me giggle. They look cute and naughty at the same time as if they are always up for something.  I then decided to put them in other sites of photographs I took for this assignment. It is like I am telling a story. The street drain really worked well with some of them hiding behind the bushes. The least successful part I think was the one of the street lamp that I tried to make  look like a spaceship. Something didn’t quite fit like the other two images. Hand cutting just lacks that polished finishing that can be done digitally. Overall I enjoyed the process and I like the result. If I had to do anything differently I would like to learn and try to do it using any drawing software, to give it more accurate and professional look. For instance, the shadows and layers should blend together in better ways. I think through this Assignment I gained a bit of knowledge in photography, how to see things with a different perception and how art can extend to places we live in a more ‘alive’ sort of ways. I would like to explore more in my next pieces the mix between photographed images and my own drawings. 

Kurt Wenner by Kaushik Patwary (2013) amusingplanet.com at:https://www.amusingplanet.com/2013/01/kurt-wenner-artist-who-invented-3d.html(accessed on February 2020)

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Kurt Wenner is known by the artist who invented the 3D Street Art painting. He started his career as a scientific illustrator for NASA but left in 1981, sold all his belongings and  moved to Italy to study figurative drawing and art from the great artists from the Renaissance. In 1991 he was commissioned to create a work of art to honor the visit of Pope John Paul II to the city of Mantua.

In the 2000’s he first introduced 3D pavement art at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Shortly after he founded the first street painting festival in the United States. Wenner has inspired hundreds of artists around the globe to create their own versions of street art.

He studied Anamorphism that existed in the 17th century but he created his own geometry method that he affirms is very unique from other artists.

Research suggested on report:  Yinka Shonibare 

Yinka Shonibare MBE- ‘I’m the rebel within’ (2016) [user-generated content online] creat. TATE on 14 January 2016 at : https://youtu.be/WroXoWaGfL8 (accessed on February 2020)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yinka_Shonibare

Yinka Shonibare is a Nigerian- British artist who works with painting, sculptures , photography , installation and recently has been working with film and performance. Born in 1962 his working medium key is the  African motifs printed fabric in bright colours .Shonibare thinks artists at some point will ask themselves questions such as : What do I want to make? Where do I want to get? He describes his art as post-colonial hybrid. 

Shonibare has always been a very versatile artist who changes all the time, always wanting to create something new.  He produces conceptual art exploring politics, culture, history, philosophy and identity and the interrelationship between Africa and Europe. According to him these explorations broaden people’s awareness. 

He states that in art school, you learn all sorts of techniques, methods and mediums . All these information can be very confusing and that is the reason he has adopt fusion in his style in art. Shonibare approaches art in a more poetic rather when didactic ways. 

He founded a project in his studio in East London called “ Guest project”, which serves as a space for artists to experiment and fail. It involves around 150 artists. A platform for artistic to create their art becoming pro-active and taking ownership of where they want to take their art planning exhibitions, marketing and enterprising within themselves.  

I find his art very ethic due to the use of colourful African patterns. It is  beautiful and dark ,with headless figures or globes replacing heads and a certain stillness in his installation but he also creates performance where movements describes his ideas. He definetely doesn’t limit himself to form and shape. Shonibare art is also very sophisticated using  the colourful fabrics in colonial European outfits as a contrast of races, racism and history.  Yinka Shonibare is not only an artist who creates and executes  art in various ways but  also a collaborator in the  art community with a project that makes art an endless cycle in life. 

Michael Readecker by Karen Wright (2106) on Independent.co.uk at: https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/features/michael-raedecker-artist-youre-in-the-studio-every-day-and-you-want-to-keep-things-lively-and-a6895566.html (accessed in February 2020)

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Zone by Michael Readecker (2000)

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The other side by Michael Readecker (2002)

Micheal Readecher is a Dutch artist who works in London. Initially trained in fashion designer, he combines the traditional craft of needlework with the successful  history of painting. Readecker work has many aspects of domesticity in working with fabrics, sticking and embroidery. He is a very experimental artist, using craft material and blending it with his interesting combinations of colours  and imagery. I think Readecker reaches the right balance in his tonal range in his monochromatic paintings. The lighting, softness and smooth look blended with stitched details, forms simple and intriguing compositions with a touch of texture of fabric, thread or embroidery.

 Michael Craig Martin – ‘Oak tree’ (1972) TATE in 2002 at: https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/craig-martin-an-oak-tree-l02262

Michael Craig Martin , Gagosian at: https://gagosian.com/artists/michael-craig-martin/

John Michael Craig Martin is an Irish -born (in 1941) conceptual, contemporary artist and painter. Martin grew up and studied in the United States but lives and works in London since 1966. In the late 1970′ he started line drawing of ordinary objects. His central idea in his art is the relationship and tension between objects, representation and language. In 1990′ he made a decisive shift in using bold outlines, vibrant colours in flat, clear representation. Through exacting draftsmanship, he uses composition to explore spatial relationships by juxtaposing and layering color. Martin is interested in ordinary objects and the purpose of them. He intended to abstain from style using tape to draw objects without having his own drawing style, doing it by hand and yet, it became his style. He brings out in every ordinary object the beauty and the function of it in using vibrant colours . These colours  make them stand out almost as they are alive characters, but not in a cartoony way because it is elegantly traced with its real features .They as represented exactly as they are. Michael Craig Martin gives us a different perception of everyday ordinary objects most people possess, in a energetic and impacting way. His very intriguing work might be ‘Oak tree’. A glass of water placed on the shelf which in the proof of that impossibility, it also deals with language, meaning and what we created and give name in our minds. The preconception we have about material things. It questions our belief in things around us.

Elizabeth Peyton on Wikipedia at : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Peyton

Elizabeth Peyton on theartstory.org at :https://www.theartstory.org/artist/peyton-elizabeth/

Elizabeth Peyton : Faces contains their time (2015) [user-generated content online] Creat.  Lousiana Channel on 09 November 2015 at: https://youtu.be/3Hwl1l_j2vE (accessed on 16th Feb 2020)

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John Lennon (1965) by Elizabeth Peyton in 1990′

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Elizabeth Peyton is an American artist born in 1965 . She is known by her small scale portraits of friends, celebrities and historical figures. Her painting has a  transparency and her strokes varies from watery to deep, visible shapes and shades.She works from photography, printing or live models.

“Peyton’s portraits, distinct in their female gaze, explore contemporary concepts of identity, sexuality, and beauty using similar techniques and styles that have become de rigueur in modern fashion illustration. Men and women become elongated and androgynous, blushed with feminine hues, evolving and reviving the Romanticism of 18th and 19th century British portraiture. ” (theartstory.org)

The Paragraph above describe in specific words my first impressions of Peyton’s portraits. An androgynous and very feminine feel is one of the uniqueness in her style.

I think the differential in Peyton’s portraits is not the fact that she only portrays the subject but she puts how she feels about the subject and the time it is happening. It is not static faces,but it feels as a scene from a movie or situation we see when observing people.  They are emotional and gives a sense of place and energy in the ways she uses her brush strokes, colours, lighting, angles and background. The time represented in her paintings shows our fascination for beauty in the old days to modern, social media oriented life style. The intriguing behaviour of creating intimacy with people we only know from afar.

 

 

Simple subject, bold colours, repetition and mark making

Now that I feel I am getting somewhere with my PP, I am sketching subjects about my domestic life in a simple way, using bold colours, trying a repetition technique and I want to explore some mark making.

I don’t know yet how to balance these aspects. I am almost sure about the subject, I know the colours I want but repetition and mark making is still unsure.

I like lines, messy, overlapping, scribbled. Would it suit the composition? I like the colours flat and bright. I want the subject to be simple and clear but If I want to depict chaos, shouldn’t I draw very busy scenes???

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Project 3: Installation

Method: Make a drawing that realtes to its environment in a way that creates and interesting dynamic between the artwork and the space around it. Think about ways that drawings could take part in a kind of dialogue with the space they inhabit. Text might be one way, or drawn object in partnership with its real world equivalent. A drawing of flowers might be positioned behind a vase. A drawing might be used to ‘join up’ the view between two windows.

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Reflection on Pierrete Bloch and Edward Krasinski

https://galerie-karsten-greve.com/en

http://www.artspace.com/pierrette-bloch

Pierrete Bloch was a Swiss French artist born in 1928 and considered one of the most renowed artist of Post-war Abstraction. She used  materials such as ink, charcoal, pencil, mesh and horse hair. The description of her using ‘poor material’ could be the fact that her work is unpretentious, transmiting only the pure essence of her artistic endeveaours achieving rhythm, fluidity and simplicity. The term ‘poor’ suits her work as in modest. The choice of black and white and repetition, continuity of lines and forms depicting space and time were explored in various unique ways with materials such as horse hair,creating linear drawing or  sculptures. The use of  mesh on canvas gave texture and weight to one of her art pieces. Her choice of materials lend to her subject the lines and natural shape.Bloch just let the material evolved with little or no intervention in the process. Her action seems to let the material act itself and she just respond to how it appeared by applying  less or more pressure when using ink, charcoal or pencil to repeat  forms, shapes or lines that surged as in a dialogue like a dance or music. Her gestural creativity and free expression resulted in powerful but soft pieces, almost as if it is writing art . As an admirer of Cy Tombly’s work, Pierrete Bloch’s work brings me the similar feeling of spontaneity, simplicity, innocence   and affirmation in her work.

Edward Krasinski (2001) ‘Untitled ‘ – TATE ( acessed in January 2020) at: https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/krasinski-untitled-t12558  

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Untitled – Liverpool Tate in 2001 by Edward Krasinski

Edward Krasinski was a Polish artist born in 1925. He was also another post-war conceptual artist. Krasinski started his career as an Illustrator and after marrying an art critic he decided to dedicate himself fully to art. He started sculpultures, simple, minimalistic ones. In August 1969 he started his installations with the ‘blue tape’ and it became his trademark. He attached it on everything on his way from furnitures to places and paintings. He never had a clear explanation of the meaning for the blue tape, he let it explained itself since it became part of his installations. I think It could be related to  ‘time line’, ‘continuity’ to blue veins? The viewers can decide it.

Maman sculpture at wikipedia accessed on January 2020 at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maman_(sculpture)

Louise Bourgeois, French -American  artist born in 1911.Borgeois is known for her many sculptures, one of the biggest called Maman, measuring 30ft high and  33ft wide. Her family worked with tapestry hence the symbology of a spider representing her mother as well as meaning nurturing and protective.  Borgeois always explored a variety of themes such as : domesticity and the family, sexuality and the body, death and the unconscious . The momument Maman started in 1947 as a series of ink and charcoal drawings and became a sculputure in 1996. Like most of Borgeois sculputures, they all started as sketches/drawings before becaming a 3D shaped pieces.

Contextual focus point : Emily Kame Kngwarreye

Emily Kame Kngwarreye (2014) women’s archive project at: http://www.womenaustralia.info/leaders/biogs/WLE0669b.htm ( accessed on January 2020)

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My country – 1994 by Emily Kame Kngwarreye

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Yam multi colour – 1995 by Emily Kame Kngwarreye

Emily Kame was an indigenous Australia painter born in 1910 in the community of Utopia in the Northern Territory. She only became famous by the time she was 80 years old. During her very short carrer as an artist,  she changed her style many times. From small to bigger dots, lines,patterns and sizes. Her work is organic and cultural. It is part of her identity in her community. The use of the root ‘Yam” as theme in many of her paintings shows her connection to her people and how meaningful Yam was to them. Emily painted with her heart and soul, her work is intriguing, colourful and at the same time very harmonic.  The use of black background in most of her work creates a sense of dimension almost in 3D perspective. The repetition of lines and dots are continuous as in life source of time, a time that keeps going, no ends, no drama or extreme changes in mark making. It is consistent and drags the viewer attention to wonder over it again and again. There is a fine line between her work being drawing or paintings. In my opinion they are more of paintings because of the tools she use to do it and the non planned, on the go approach, similar to Jackson Pollock, with emotional flow and letting the material works its own ways.

Reflection: The importance of place and belonging for you in your own work.

Opposite than Emily Kame, I never had consistency or cultural strength in life. I have always wanted to draw and paint as a child and was constantly pulled away from it with the affirmation that Art and being an artist could only be a hobby. I stopped drawing during my 20′ and 30′, trying to be interested in something else that would help me have a career and make money. I was brought up in a beautiful country – Brasil , with a lively and warm culture but at home I was hightly influenced by the Japanese culture. Sense of belonging is not something easy for me to define. I feel torn between the two cultures. Most of my adult life was far from my home country and now as an adult, trying to become an artist I  still struggle  finding my voice in Art. I have wanted to be a children’s book illustrator for so many years and it didn’t happen. I made some money being commissioned for portraits but I never had any passion for doing it. Since I start this course I have learned so much and there are so many things, styles and techniques I like but it is still not defined in my own work. Through the PP I am trying to come out with something more consistent and using my strenghts to achieve it. I definitely like bright, bold colours. I like simple but I enjoy messy and lose mark making as well. Drawing my surroundings and everyday subjects/objects I interact with is what most interest me at the moment. I think place is more important to me than belonging at the moment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Project 2: Interacting with the environment

Aim: Drawing in a favourite or inspiring place can be very rewarding, but a great deal of translation goes on – in terms of scale, for example, as well as the information from other senses than the visual which is harder to convey. Creating a site-specific artwork enables the artist to manipulate the participant’s experience of the actual environment, rather than presenting a simulacrum in two dimensions for the spectator to reconstitute imaginatively, or a remnant left over from the artist’s own experience.

Method: Take a walk in a place you know well and make five different small drawn interactions in the environment using only what you find around you and your own body and without damaging any plants or animals in the process. Try to do things which will affect the way a visitor to the space would perceive it, either by directing their gaze or by changing the qualities of the place. Look at the work of Andy Goldsworthy and reflect on how he uses his own body and movements and the way he emphasises his own involvement in balance with the natural material he uses. If you prefer, you can translate this project into an urban setting, but be careful not to commit any acts of vandalism. Arm yourself with a decent camera so that you can record your work.

 

 

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Reflection: Interacting with the environment

I live in a very urban environment and I do not know how I could interact with it. I don’t like it. I feel mostly comfortable and at peace confined in my home space. My outdoors space is noisy, busy and very suffocating, but I have no choice. There is nowhere I could move things around and I could not think of anything or anywhere I could make drawings. It was very frustrating. In the end I found the playground in my apartament building complex and although there is not much nature around, I managed to work with what I found. The feeling of manipulate natural objects is very good. Working with the organic, colours and shapes, using only my hands to arrange them is being part of the finished product. I wish I could have access to the woods or a bigger space with more nature around me to explore. I have experienced natural sites in the UK, Japan and Brasil. Malaysia has plenty of it but I live in the middle of the capital city of Kuala Lumpur,  in an very urban area . I don’t drive and I can’t afford to go anywhere at the moment. The beach is another place that I think I could manage to do a lot.  I hope I can get somewhere by the end of this module so I can add something more interesting to this project. Making art in nature can be rewarding and frustrating. Maybe depending on the space and viewers the work can be appreciated before ‘nature’ takes it away, but in the city, people don’t seem to take the time to look of what is not man made as much, they don’t appreciate or look after their environment . The flower I made in the playground was quite big scale and took me nearly an hour. The problem working outdoors here is because it is very hot and humid with mosquitoes pestering you all the time. I like my finished product and after taking the photos I sat in a bench thinking about what else around me I could use to create a new drawing. Two kids came straight after and although the comment of one of them was nice : Look! it is a flower made with different coloured leaves! They soon decided to just step and kick it, with the parent nearby who could at least motivate them to appreciate it a bit more or maybe even having a go doing something…. but he was too busy on the phone.Sad times of the urban modern days.

Andy Goldsworthy, artnet.com at: http://www.artnet.com/artists/andy-goldsworthy/ ( accessed on February 2020)

 

We share a connection with  Stone ( 2011) – TATE shots [user generated content online] creat. Tate on 01 december 2011 at: https://youtu.be/9DjCMqtJr0Q (accessed in February 2020)

Andy Goldsworthy is a British sculptor , photographer and environmentalist who works with natural material in natural and urban settings. He arrange and rearrange things such as flowers, twigs, stones, wood and mud in almost a poetic way. His concept is mostly about nature, us as part of it and the inevitable death and decay as part of the life cycle. His art has a minimalist aesthetic aspect in simple motifs includying circles, snaking lines, spirals and holes. The passage of time and eventual dissolution is central to Goldsworthy work. He rejects the idea of art as a commodity to be exhibited and sold. He is interested in the social history of the land on which he is working and that includes its human population. he feels it is important to acknowledge the site’s history and the various connection with the people from that land. I think Andy Goldsworthy work is a very organic and draw attention to environmental preservation and protection. He shows the need of making and release his own art as almost a religious believe in creating and let nature take care of it. Goldsworthy’s ideas and projects play a very important role of  art bringing awareness about our endangered enviroment these days and raise a new generation of spectators and artists to work towards valueing and preserve natural sites for the generations to come. Being a participant in the process of making art like he does is the essence of his work.

Project 1 : Found images

Aim: The aim of this exercise is to open up your mind to new possibilites in terms of understanding what line can be. So often, nature does it better. This is your chance to go out and look at how drawings reflect life, and at life drawings in the observed world.

Method: Lool for natural processes that produce a drawing, for example the opening of the gilss of a mushroom to release its spores, the droppping of lily pollen, anumals scratching agains trees or fooprints in wed mud. Even the sillhouette of tree brnaches against the sky can be read as a drawing. Coolect photos and sketches of nature’s drawings. If you prefer, you can do the same thing for industrial or urban processes.

Sketches for project 1

 

 

Reflection: Found Images

I liked the the photos of the three branches intersections, the ropes and the shadows of lines. I find interesting when lines crosses and between curvy and straight ones. I sketched some found images, but the fine branches, thick and thin, curvy and crossing in many directions were the one that I wanted to took for further drawings. I also played with a bunch of stones near a water fountain in the restaurant a visited a couple weeks ago, I didn’t take any photos but the result are these drawing of stones and branches.

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‘Stones’ on A5 manila coloured envelope

 

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‘Branches’ a panel of four A5 coloured manila envelopes