Left Hand Drive

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Left Hand Drive

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Left Hand Drive

By Odette England / Fetch Books

Artist book, hand-made

Softcover / 8.5 x 5.5 in

18 pages, each hand-torn

Printed on French Dur-O-Tone paper

Japanese stab binding, waxed thread

Edition of 13

Publication date: September 2019

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I’m a material thinker. Material thinking is a process of reflection, interpretation, and imagination. All the ideas, processes, images, and materials I use have their own intelligence. They communicate with me using language that they hold.

When I respond to this language, accidental revelations occur.

This book is inspired by offcuts saved and salvaged from my ongoing project Lover of Home. Every year I travel back to Australia from the US to photograph my parent’s former farm for this project. We Australians drive on the left side of the road, and most vehicles have the steering wheel on the right side. There is always a period of change or unlearning for me when I travel back.

All the images in this book required me to drive long distances. All become slivers of memory when I return to the US. They start merging, collapsing, and become harder to open. I am torn between the home I knew, the home I know, the idea and ideal of home.

Living 10,709 miles from home, this former farm, is a choice I make. It helps me to grow new memories on old wood. It turns memories into lies.

Lewis Hyde writes, “To secure a lie, surround it with a moat of forgetfulness”.

The Pacific Ocean is an excellent moat.

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A note before buying, please read: This is a hand-made book, a designed object with beautiful and unique traits that resist perfection. The pages are hand-torn offcuts from Odette England’s latest series Lover of Home. Though smooth, the paper contains natural flaws and inclusions including visible fibers. The binding is a deliberate conceptual choice to keep the pages from opening fully.