Zine : Paw Pad Path
Paw Pad Path, a zine by Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison.
A 15cm X 10.5cm, 12 page colour zine with colour cover and copper staples.
A mini replica of the artists' book, Paw Pad Path. In the green, by the den, an elbow span from a tiger, a fox sits. With no full stop in the picture plane we have collaged together, and no adherence to printed page peaks, the fox can travel the entire length of the book, the land, sniffing and hearing an impossible mix of flora and unexpected fauna.
The space between our understanding of the world and how a fox sees the world is vast. Padding through the white spore film of a painted landscape, saponifying, for us begins with the visual yet for many animals their umwelt does not hinge upon this sense; it is olfactory or auditory, it is beyond our comprehension. Whether cantering, tunnelling, or sleeping on the wing, they have a larger sensory palette than we can imagine. As Matsuo Basho (松尾 芭蕉, 1644–1694) wrote about the monkey, year by year, the animals’ mask reveals the animal. True, to the core, no matter which way spliced. Our (human) understanding is at the beginning, but this much is unvarnished: an animal is an animal is an animal.
Drawn from fragments found in digital archives, we have constructed a forest leaf by wing from historical works out-of-copyright, in a celebration of (palette) limitation. Using a painted palette younger than (humankinds) experience and buried within, pulling time from centuries past, connecting not to cerebral memories but those of marrow, seeking to discover what it is to be a fox.
All zines are wrapped in an envelope with cardboard insert to ensure arrival of a smooth zine to your door.
Zine proportions: 15cm X 10.5cm.
Released at the 2018 NGV Melbourne Art Book Fair, see the making of this zine and related tales here.
Please note: price shown in Australian dollars.