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White Lady's Casket pamphlet 2012

THE WHITE LADY’S CASKET: a site-specific text work for Bishops’ House
Christine Kennedy

Imaginative and surreal. Installation, artist’s book, poetry sequence, experimental verse drama … I used imaginative techniques to try to ‘remember’, and even though this is a ‘false’ memory it was my hope that this would trigger new ideas about the innumerable forgotten people and events belonging to the house.  Museums and history are cultural constructions that both remind us and encourage us to forget.

The White Lady’s Casket was created as an installation text for the exhibition Buildings and Contents: contemporary art in a museum context, 26 October 1996 – 23 November 1996 held at Bishops’ House, Sheffield. The pamphlet contains a long poetic text sequence and a short essay about the making of the work and the exhibition.

This signed limited edition pamphlet edition of 30 was created for the occasion of “Environmental Utterance” [a performative conference: making there here] held in University College Falmouth 1&2 September 2012.

Previous publication of this text was in Renga + (Reality Street, 2002) now out of print, and my handmade edition of 20 books made in 1996. A selected reading of this text can be heard on my author’s page at The Archive of the Now.

2012/ £4

‘undermines the one-sided male-dominated history of the house … An unusual and thought provoking work.’    Stephanie Brown

'Durlston Lunaire' artists book Christine Kennedy

DURLSTON LUNAIRE
Lunar Eclipse over The Great Globe: Reading The Great Globe uner the influence of the moon

Christine Kennedy

Durlston Lunaire is part of the 5th Dusie chapbook collective, the Dusie 5 Kollektiv.
Responding to Susana Gardner’s editor brief, this chapbook is entirely of my own choosing for theme and form, and includes a recycled element in its fabrication. This unnumbered edition has been mailed t o members of the collective in exchange, around 100 poets and artists across the globe take part. The Dusie website shows a PDF of our finished works.
My own book contains a short essay describing my thematics and approach, and a sequence of four poems. These poems were made through cutup procedures using the language of the tablet inscriptions of The Great Globe monument on the Dorset coastline. The poems work to recast the vision of this monument of the age of empire and colony.   The visuals are collages of found images, and S8 film stills from my silent movie project of 1998 called Melencolia.

b&w folded and stuck concertina/panorama, each book with a unique slip band made from genuine antique Victorian book plates and print taken from All Around The World
2011/£10
Durlston Lunaire at Dusie 5 Kollektiv (2011)

THE CARDS OF ILL FORTUNE
 
Christine Kennedy

Thirteen cards form a major arcana of a disastrous destiny of crime and destruction. The oracular meanings of the cards are given in small print. In an ever increasing textual size and disorder the contemporary monologue of the young man bound to this miserable destiny weaves between the cards to its inevitable conclusion. Black and white illustrations by the poet.

A4 b/w folded broadside, 4pp 2009/£2

This text is included in the volume The Canting Academy: Responses by contemporary innovative poets to a 16th century rogues’ lexicon.
ISBN 978-0-9533897-4-2
Published by ISPress 2008
3 Westfield Park, College Grove, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 3RP

See Ken Edwards’ blog Reality Street forhis  report on the reading of ‘The Cards of Ill Fortune’ at the launch of The Canting Academy.

Nineteen Nights in San Francisco coverNINETEEN NIGHTS IN SAN FRANCISCO

Christine Kennedy

This sequence of concrete and visually enhanced poems is composed from text from an out of date bed and breakfast guide to California. It is an itinerary of imaginary spaces, a fantasy travelogue of one who has never seen America. The sequence is inspired by, and in homage to, Joseph Cornell, who created many collages evoking the hotels of a Europe he would never visit, places which had changed or were non-exixtent when he created his works. Black and white illustrations by the poet.
A5 pamphlet, 32pp. 2007/£4.50
ISBN 978-1-904052-22-7
Published jointly by West House Books & The Cherry On The Top Press
Available in UK directly from West House Books
Distributed in USA by SPD, 1341 Seventh Street, Berkeley,CA 94710-1403

‘I bought a batch of pamphlets from West House Books a While ago. It’s nice to know pamphlets are still appearing in this age of doorstop P-O-D books. I see the pamphlet as a form in itself, combining production, artwork and poetry. You can always rely on West House for quality, and the pamphlet that stood out for me was Christine Kennedy’s ‘Nineteen Nights in San Francisco’, a short, witty work made up from “texts found in an out of date bed and breakfast guide to California”‘.  Alan Baker’s post on Thursday, August 2 2007 at Litterbug, Alan Baker’s blog

See Elizabeth James’ blog Oceanographer of O, for review on Monday 16 July 2007, ‘Two from Sheffield (transatlantic)’

UTERINE SOUFFLE

Christine Kennedy

Poetry of uterine life cycle combined with a midwifery training manual and a home needlework manual. Found antique midwifery images combined with original photos of an old sewing kit.
4” square approx, complex folded, cut and stuck book in paper and trace, colour printed. 23pp 2007/£15

KEYHOLE/Keyhole visual bookTROU DE SERRURE

Christine Kennedy
Four stencil cut rubbings of keyholes on the Rue Longue in the ancient French town of Auzon. A5 concertina b/w, stencil cut. 4pp. Presented in a printed paper slip case with folded spine.
2005/£3

What Do You See When You Look In The Mirror? artist's book

WHAT DO YOU SEE WHEN YOU LOOK IN THE MIRROR?

Christine Kennedy

Photo book, small vocabulary of images of old ebony hand mirrors in various conditions and positions.
A7 folded and cut one sheet book colour printed. 5pp.

2006/£3

POSSESSIONS

Christine Kennedy

Prose-poems. The fantasies and desires clustered around objects explored through a collaborative art project involving the sale of the artist’s personal collection of jewellery. A5 pamphlet, 8pp. 2003/ £3

Also signed and numbered limited edn of 12 with individually embossed covers. £12

‘The effect is like watching light catch on a precious stone; it is illuminated, then goes out, and another facet comes to light.’ Thomas White in Stride Magazine

Twelve Entries first poem and illustrationTWELVE ENTRIES from
The Encyclopaedia of
Natural Sexual Relations

Christine Kennedy
Poetry & prose re-imagining the garden as a contemporary dystopian Eden. Limited edn artist’s book on 130gsm art paper inc. 14 full col. images. 2nd edn, signed and numbered limited edn of 20. 36pp.
2003/ £20

Photo shows one of the colour plate photos, inner detail of
The Encyclopaedia of Natural Sexual Relations, installed site-specific artwork 1999, 12 altered books as a chained library

Lamella Needles coverLAMELLA NEEDLES:
A Bride’s Manual for the Management of Married Desire

Christine Kennedy

A book of 15th century spells and Lacan’s myth of the Lamella meet in sewing manual instructions for decorative beading. Commissioned as an enclosure with The Paper magazine, Issue 5, October 2002,
‘Elegies, Epithalamia, Etc – Occasions Of Poetry’ Full col., folded broadside. Opens to A4.
2002/£2.50

HIVING THE SOL: The Feminine Monarchie Revisited, or, An Opera and Ballet Notation Concerning Bees and the Due Ordering of Them

Christine Kennedy

B&w folded broadside commissioned as an enclosure with The Paper magazine, Issue 2, September 2001, ‘An Album Of Songs, Lyrics & Diverse Musics’ Opens to A3. 2001/£1.50

‘a very good pull-out piece by the admirable Christine Kennedy’  Keith Jebb in Poetry Quarterly Review

 ‘a lovely tipped-in visual supplement by Christine Kennedy’  Nate Dorward in The Gig

Click here for Christine Kennedy at The Archive of the Now

THE WHITE LADY’S CASKET: a site-specific text work for Bishops’ House
Christine Kennedy

Imaginative and surreal. Installation, artist’s book, poetry sequence, experimental verse drama … I used imaginative techniques to try to ‘remember’, and even though this is a ‘false’ memory it was my hope that this would trigger new ideas about the innumerable forgotten people and events belonging to the house.  Museums and history are cultural constructions that both remind us and encourage us to forget.

The White Lady’s Casket was created as an installation text for the exhibition Buildings and Contents: contemporary art in a museum context, 26 October 1996 – 23 November 1996 held at Bishops’ House, Sheffield. The pamphlet contains a long poetic text sequence and a short essay about the making of the work and the exhibition.

This signed limited edition pamphlet edition of 30 was created for the occasion of “Environmental Utterance” [a performative conference: making there here] held in University College Falmouth 1&2 September 2012.

Previous publication of this text was in Renga + (Reality Street, 2002) now out of print, and my handmade edition of 20 books made in 1996. A selected reading of this text can be heard on my author’s page at The Archive of the Now.

Price £4

‘undermines the one-sided male-dominated history of the house … An unusual and thought provoking work.’    Stephanie Brown

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