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Spbh Book Club Vol VI.
Photographs by Melinda Gibson.
SPBH Editions, 2014. 144 pp., 140 color illustrations, 6x8".

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Publisher's Description

Selected as one of the Best Books of 2014 by:
SPBH Book Club VI is a forensic exploration of loss and renewal by artist Melinda Gibson. During a fire at her South London studio, Gibson watched as smoke and water poured into the space. Her response at the time was instinctive and visceral, taping large format negatives to the walls, exposing them to these elements and watching as they abstracted, each one becoming an alluring record of what happened there. In the aftermath, she combed through what remained, analyzing and photographing material and drawing it together in the form of a book. The making of the book itself became a cathartic process of understanding and survival.

In a ritualistic act of defiance, each book is ‘smoked’ by Gibson in hand built smokehouse and sealed in plastic to contain the scent – each one becoming a unique, sensorial object offering an experience that transcends the pages of the book.

Through investigating the event and restaging it in small performative acts of satiation, this book is a way of containing the experience and making it hers.

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