"A series of self portraits which attempt to visualise the experience of pain.
Using different experimental techniques I attack the image surface, specifically targeting the parts of the body and mind causing discomfort. The methods used to damage the image are instinctive ways of self soothing - such as stroking/rubbing, cleaning, gardening, walking in the rain - used when in flare-up or to calm the mind. This hands-on process of making and reworking the same set of photographs over and over again is a cathartic release; exorcising the pain from me and in to the work I create.
These handmade artists books feature a selection of the ‘distress prints’ and reflect the way the original work was made. They are worn, torn, weathered, creased, dirty and tattered. They are fragile and may in time break."
- Zara Carpenter
16"x12" (A3), printed on 80gsm uncoated paper with archival pigment inks, hand-bound 9 hole pamphlet stitch.
Edition of 10 signed and numbered handmade books. All books hand finished on every page making each copy a unique piece. Note that each copy of the book is unique and may vary slightly from the images and video.