Text by Jon Bywater
Designed by Nicola Farquhar and Christina Read
Published by ARTSPACE and The Physics Room, June 2008
Softcover, 229 x 162 mm
36 pages plus inserts
Edition of 500
Christina Read's work has often given just that little bit more scrutiny to words. Place names and all manner of book titles, for example, have been featured in window drawings, projections and sculpture. As part of her prize as a recipient of the National Drawing Award, her own artist book is co-published by ARTSPACE and the Physics Room. Its title is Evidence. Her winning drawing in the 2006 competition, 'I should have been a detective', a pencil rubbing of words indented on a notepad, continued her interest in making images with words, but for Evidence she has worked primarily with photos. Somewhere between an image blog and crime fiction, the book - that comes ziplocked into its own specimen bag - presents a subtly uncanny range of clues as to how we might look at the world, or perhaps how it looks back at us. The book incorporates a text by writer Jon Bywater and is designed after a concept of the artist's by Nicola Farquhar of Studio Ahoy.