16 holes are drilled through the cover in an arrangement that emulates a drawing from the series 51 ways of looking. The holes cut through and partially obscure the underlying work* reproduced on the endpaper. This effacing also references SpiNN, a video work in which birds circle in increasing density, masking and eventually obliterating the painted image beneath.Shahzia gave me the files for the mechanical silk-screen separations of The illustrated page, a work on paper that was centrepiece to her exhibition. We arranged a sequence of pages on translucent and metallic papers which overlay as abstracts of the artwork. Sequenced either side of this is a progression of enlarged details from the surface of the work.A section printed on ultra-thin paper reproduces drawings in ink and pencil. The show-through (opacity) and strike-through (ink-penetration) properties of the paper cause the drawings to accumulate in consecutive layers. You can see through several leaves at once, and as a result, drawings of mother and sister printed recto-verso superimpose.
p.57 Make Ready Peter Maybury ISBN 978 0 9566293 3 3, Gall editions, 2015