Mexico artist book is a limited edition, hand-made publication inspired by a three week trip to Mexico. I gave myself the challenge to draw a new pattern motif each day which reflected something I had seen, been impressed by or experienced that day. The book is a summing up of these elements and the journey. Through drawing, I somehow capture the visual essence of the country, but at the same time, the drawings are inadvertently a stereotypical view of Mexico. Highlights of my journey which have been turned into visual motifs for Mexico artist book are the trip to Monte Alban, a visit to the ‘La Casa Gilardi’, a private house built by Mexico’s foremost modernist architect, Luis Barragan and the homes of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo.
In my studio back in Munich I began to turn these sketches into a black and white book and a new body of painted artwork in high-key colours. Playing along with the idea of the Mexican stereotype I accompanied the launch of the book with a performance called ‘Guacamole’ where I make a typical Mexican culinary delight out of avocado for the audience and share it with them.
All the printing and book-binding was done by the artist. The printing was done on a Risograph machine.
Artist: Penelope Richardson
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