Beyond Maps and Atlases (SIGNED) by Bertien van Manen

Beyond Maps and Atlases

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MACK, 2016. First edition.
Hardcover with tipped-in image, 260 x 290 mm, 60 pp., 32 color illustrations. Photographs by Bertien van Manen.

In this new body of work, Beyond Maps and Atlases, Bertien van Manen turns to Ireland. Van Manen says, ‘At first, working in Ireland I wasn’t sure what I was looking for. My husband had died. I dispensed with the people and reflected on the atmosphere. I was guided by a feeling and a search, a longing for some kind of meaning in a place of myths and legends. There was mystery and endlessness at the edge of a land beyond which is nothing but a vast expanse.’

Where can it be found again,
An elswhere world, beyond
Maps and atlases,
Where all is woven into
And of itself, like a nest
Of crosshatched grass blades?

Seamus Heaney

Read more:

The Guardian (interview), Colin Pantall's blog (review), ASX (review)

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