Jan Davis
artist’s book
The Garden Book (2000)

image to come

Davis encompasses the cycle of gardening here; the sown seed, the sprouted seedling, and the full blooming flower which ripens into a fruit containing more seed. A narrative of images and text establishes the letter ‘O’ as both a seed and a symbol of continuity. Sometimes the plant is an altered photographic image, sometimes an ink and brush drawing, while at other times rows of the letter ‘t t t t t t t t’ parade like freshly-sprouted seedlings, or the letter ‘o’ wafts randomly across the page as seed does across the sky in late summer.
The Garden Book is part of Candide’s Garden series where the artist experimented with the relationship between the garden bed and the white page, between planting rows of seed and writing lines of text.

Ink drawings and manipulated photographic images printed on folded pages. Digitally produced. Five of the edition are perfect bound in a white glossy soft cover. Five of the edition are bound by master bookbinder Fred Pohlmann in kangaroo skin leather with an impressed plant specimen on the cover and the title on a green emu leather spine.
Inkjet printed. 12 x 20.3 x .5 cm. 34 pp. Edition of 10
Published by the artist.

2000 Candide’s Garden, grahame galleries + editions, Brisbane.
2001 Script, Mass Gallery, Melbourne; Horsham Regional Gallery; 2004 Macquarie University Gallery; 2005 Lismore Regional Art Gallery.

Artspace Mackay
State Library of Queensland
State Library of Victoria