Marcus Rees Roberts
The Artist’s Studio in Times of Unease, 2003
Artist’s Book. 29.7cm x 21.2cm (11 3/4″ x 8 3/8″); 16 pages. Hand-sewn, softback.
Inkjet on Somerset Velvet Enhanced 255gsm with printed collage on hand-made paper. Printed in an edition of 100. Published: Pratt Contemporary Art, 2003
The first book in a series of three, A Room in Portbou, was inspired by the last days of Walter Benjamin in the dismal border town between France and Spain, overshadowed by the Pyrenees. Two themes that run through it are displacement and exile and the question of what responsibility – if any – does the artist have to events that take place beyond the studio window. These two themes were taken up in the second and third books in the series, A Book of the Lost and The Artist’s Studio in Times of Unease.
The Artist’s Studio in Times of Unease is the final book in this series and takes up the second theme from A Room in Portbou. Images of the artist’s studio, which are based loosely on photographs of Matisse’s studio, are counterpointed with images of war in Iraq.