Marcus Rees Roberts
A Book of the Lost, 2003
Artist’s Book. Inkjet on Somerset Velvet Enhanced 255gsm with printed collage on hand-made paper; edition of 100; hand-sewn; softback; 16 pages. 29.7cm x 21.2cm (11 3/4″ x 8 3/8″).
This book is a direct development from A Room in Portbou and is the second in a series of three. One image was the starting point – that of a Balkan railway station as refugees board and relatives say goodbye. This image appears in both books but in A Book of the Lost, individual heads are isolated and the work develops from there. It is about departure and loss. Fragments of text from an imaginary letter written to someone who has gone adds an alternative to this: here the theme is not loss but the sense of being lost.