I am thrilled that on November 13 my work Lost Horizons: The Timeline was awarded the honorary Grand Prize in the Artists Books Prize at the Firestation Print Studio in Armadale, Melbourne. The prize brings with it a show in 2021.
The idea of such a format I conceived some fourteen years ago, and this work was made during the eight month COVID-19 lockdown in Melbourne in 2020. It is a diary of a sort, a chronicle of Melbourne’s lockdown, isolation, and mental struggles in that new space.
This work pushes the boundaries of artists books, ambitious in scale and conceptually powerful, immediately engaging the viewer on a journey through lost time and memory. Embedded with musical references, and text, the work unfolds onto the floor, a fascinating exploration of movement, history, and narrative.
Artist’s books can often be linked to a piece of music, they begin at a point, explore a theme, and find resolution.Lost Horizons: The Timeline takes the form of a scroll, the way history and ideas were recorded prior to the codex in the West, and as a continuing tradition in the East. Bilogan’s scroll is layered on a pianola roll, providing a silent musical backdrop upon which she makes her journey.In the tradition of Sonia Delaunay’s la Prose du Transsiberien et de la Petite Jehanne de France, Bilogan integrates image and text simultaneously, creating rhythm and harmony across the page. The music is unknowable without the pianola, an inaudible melody whose notes are perpetually captured on the page.perhaps they reflect the internal struggle found in the text, the search for personhood independent of family and place. Lost Horizons: The Timeline is a contemporary artist’s book which is innovative and creative, while retaining the traditions of narrative and expression. The matrix and format serve to advance the thematic content, which in lyrical fashion, rests on a final coda.