Jan Davis
artist’s book
Virgil’s Keep

Virgil’s Keep is the artist’s response to Virgil’s epic poem ‘The Georgics’, on the challenges and virtues of agricultural life. The eight paired relief prints and the dual binding generate a sense of enclosed space, ‘the Keep’ of the title. The reader passes through a series of eight gates: gates of possibility, of toil, of planting, of hope, of tending, of pestilence, of tempests & furies, and finally of harvest. These are metaphors for the gardener’s seasonal journey. The eighth gate opens to reveal Virgil’s text: But lo! / A boundless space / we’ve travelled o’re / ‘tis time / our steaming horses / to unyoke.

Eight paired linocuts on Fabriano Artisico HP 200gsm. Green buckram cover, with gold embossed gate, double gatefold binding. Bound by master bookbinder Fred Pohlmann. Linocut with handwritten and stamped text. 15.5 x 20.5 cnm. 18 pp. Edition of 6 + 2 APs.
Published by the artist and numero uno publications, grahame galleries + editions.


2017 Jan Davis : from the ground up, grahame galleries + editions
2017 &So… Queensland College of Art Library

State Library of Queensland
State Library of New South Wales
Artspace Mackay
National Gallery of Australia
Centre for the Artist Book