What is love? What is PTSD without Love? What is the terrain between Love and PTSD?
I have been making artist books for a long time, but never anything as personal and deeply connected to ‘me’ as this one. This book was both rewarding and challenging. … A few years ago I wrote about an artist book idea bubbling inside my head, and heart; and about my role as a Wife, a Carer and a Printmaker. Now I am proud (and nervous) to share with you the haptic realisation of my artist book “PTSD… A Love Story”.
An artist friend, whose artist book work I admire greatly, shared with me an excerpt from an essay by Johanna Drucker “The space of a book is intimate and public at the same time; it mediates between private reflection and broad communication in a way that matches many women’s lived experience.”
My book is a collection of my personal thoughts, my own, very personal call-and-response. Intimate words that reflect my personal lived experience, fighting and surviving as a partner of a war veteran and first responder diagnosed with PTSD and other mental health conditions.
If you want to read more about my thoughts and details behind the content of this book, click through to my blog post PTSD… A Love Story.
Words by me
Cover – Magnani Etrusca 600gsm
Text – Tiepolo Bianco 290gsm
Interleaving Kozo pages – Awagami Tengucho 9gsm
Letterpress printed using my Showcard Proof Press with wood and lead type (fonts unknown)
Hand printed blind embossing with carved linocut plates
Hand-stitched, coptic binding
The book is stored in a custom-made clear acrylic slipcase
Edition Size – 4
Completed October 2019
November-December 2019 – Today is not tomorrow: PTSD Understories, curated by Dr Robin Rodd, College of Arts, Society & Education, James Cook University, and hosted by Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts, Townsville
June-September 2020 – Libris Awards 2020, Art Space Mackay
March-April 2023 – March to Art: Create, ANVAM, Melbourne
‘PTSD … A Love Story’ was selected as a finalist for the Libris Awards 2020.
In June 2021, ‘PTSD … A Love Story’ was added to Australian National Veterans Art Museum’s (ANVAM) collection.
The book was added to the State Library of Queensand Artist Book Collection in September 2021.