BOOKS

MOSSES AND MARSHES, 2021
by Andrew Howe and Kim V. Goldsmith

I was intrigued to learn of new places that I have never encountered and to be introduced to these landscapes by two artists passionate about these environments. This book, which documents and expands elements of the project provides insights into the extensive investigation of place as habitat, home, limited resource, human habitat and in some ways a political arena. The artists recognise and explore the fragility of landscape and the history of human impact in these watery locations. I totally agree when Andrew Howe states “the anthropocentric illusion that humans are in control, and, therefore, capable of solving the problems our impact has set in motion…” We are not in control but could do so much better.

Anna Glynn (Australia) on MOSSES AND MARSHES
Mosses and Marshes by Andrew Howe and Kim V. Goldsmith

Mosses and Marshes documents a collaborative social ecology project led by environmental artists Andrew Howe (UK) and Kim V. Goldsmith (Australia) in two Ramsar-listed wetlands in the UK and Australia, over a three year period from 2019-2021. It introduces and expands on themes that manifested in a series of artworks and online presentations under the title of Mosses and Marshes, as well as bringing together different voices from within the project team and wetland communities. The artists have raised questions and invited debate about the future of the wetland landscapes and ecologies through a series of provocations in their writings and essays from exhibition curators, scientists, land managers, and cultural specialists.

Contents of Mosses and Marshes by Andrew Howe and Kim V. Goldsmith

Edited by Dr Liz Charpleix, with a foreword by Dave Pritchard (Ramsar Culture Network – video link), the book features contributions from curators Gudrun Filipska (UK), Jamie Lea Trindall (AU), ecological, environmental and cultural writings by Tim Hosking (Department of Planning, Industry and Environment), Fleur and Laurance Magick Dennis of Milan Dhiiyaan, Cathie Sleigh (Shropshire Wildlife Trust), Robert Duff (Natural England), and artworks by Sooty Welsh (Wayilwan Elder/artist), as well as many other project partners and people from the communities around the Mosses and Marshes, who have been generous with their time in engaging with the project.

Video still of The tone of things by Kim V. Goldsmith and Andrew Howe

A5 landscape, 112 full-colour pages on 130gsm uncoated paper, with 300gsm soft-touch laminated finish paperback cover featuring photographs of the Mosses and Marshes with a graphic overlay designed by Wayilwan Elder, Sooty Welsh.

Limited edition
ISBN: 0645294608, 9780645294606

A$35 (including postage within Australia)

AUSTRALIAN SALES HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED ONLINE UNTIL APRIL 2022. WATCH THIS SPACE FOR UPDATES. A small number of books are still available for local purchase from Dubbo West Post Office for $25.

The book layout clearly showed the thought processes behind collaborative artists on two sides of the world, while giving voice to those that live and work in the landscapes they were inspired by. It was a great read.

Kate Mildner (Australia) on MOSSES AND MARSHES

CORVUS, 2020
by Kim V. Goldsmith

CORVUS is a limited edition (30), artist-signed, 24-page A4 full-colour zine printed on recycled paper, documenting Kim V. Goldsmith’s Eye of the Corvus: Messenger of Truth project (2018-2021) and the landscapes of regional NSW during drought, and rural Iceland. It was printed for the 2020/21 summer showing of the Eye of the Corvus exhibition at the Outback Arts Creative Arts Centre in Coonamble NSW, its second installation after debuting at the Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo NSW, in 2019/20. READ MORE ABOUT THE PROJECT.

Limited copies remain.

A$20 includes postage (within Australia) and a copy of the Western Plains Cultural Centre exhibition catalogue.

The exhibition catalogue includes an essay from Professor Darryl Jones (formerly of Griffith University, Queensland) titled Crows Know.

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