On Innards are:
Amanda Couch is an artist, researcher, and senior lecturer at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, where she teaches Fine Art and Creative Arts Education. Previously, studying both sculpture and printmaking, she cuts across media, straddling the domains of sculpture, print, performance, the live and recorded image, research and writing
Andrew Hladky is a practicing artist who lives and works in the USA, having moved recently from London. He exhibits and curates projects regularly, in London, nationally and internationally. In 2010 he was awarded the Art Prize at the London Festival Fringe and in 2015 he was shortlisted for the East London Painting Prize.
Mindy Lee is an artist, curator and lecturer. Recent exhibitions include: Once in a blue moon (2015), Galeria OFF, Lodz, Poland, Sex Shop (2015) Transition Gallery, London, and Folkestone Triennial Fringe (2014), Kent, All the Dead Dears (2012) WW Gallery, London, and The Perfect Nude (2012) Charlie Smith Gallery, London.
Richard Nash is a bookwork artist, designer, and maker, and senior lecturer in visual communication at the University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury. Recent exhibitions include: Beyond the Book (2014) Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Exeter, Devon and Long & Ryle Gallery, London.
On Innards | Publication. Outside-inside-out: A collaborative journey
On Innards is a multidisciplinary project developed by artists, Amanda Couch, Andrew Hladky, and Mindy Lee, that explores the changing conceptualisations of guts and digestion, their impact on the creative process and the role they play in constructing and destabilising our sense of self. Recently, bookwork artist and designer Richard Nash joined the project to collaborate on a record of this two-year project, dissecting, reinterpreting, and reconnecting it in the form of a limited edition artist book, On Innards | Publication, published by and produced with the support of bookRoom and University for the Creative Arts. The book is an embodiment of digestion, its intestinal form, a multitude of folds; concertinas, fold-outs, pop-ups, gate-folds, roll-folds and reveals, held by a mesenteric binding, which, when unwound, allows the book to be opened up further, unfolding to reveal hidden ideas, images and text.
The vertebrae of On Innards | Publication is a concertina form, which houses a dialogue between the four lead collaborators, Couch, Hladky, Lee, and Nash. For our contribution to ‘The Art of the Book' conference, we propose to unfold this dialogue further from the pages of the leporello, exenterating our research, process and motivations into the space of the conference. Though a three-or-four way conversation, we will touch on some of the ideas and issues that have arisen from the making of the book. These issues include: how a book is read; the book as an embodiment of digestion; the act and implications of collaboration on ideas, process, and authorship; the overlapping journeys of artistic practice and artistic research; the visualisation and regurgitation of these artistic journeys; ideas of containment and containment of ideas; and the visceral presence of the book itself.
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