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Do Not Lament (Song of the Axe)

Artist creator: Monica Oppen
Categories: Bookwork / Intaglio Print Books, Offset Books, Printmakers' Books, Small Press Books

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Reference no.:L/Opp.M/18.01 Place/Shelf:1BR

Book title: Do Not Lament (Song of the Axe)
Published by: Ant Press
Year made: 2018
Place made: Australia
Original: Yes
(No. in Edition)
Dimensions: 455 x 330
Binder: bound by M Oppen
Physical description: drum leaf binding in clam shell box
Medium: poetry, illustrations
Further information:
Pioneering Australia’s relationship with the land was defined by clearing it, and this attitude still underpins modern Australia’s relationship with the land but devoid of any noble intentions, just for making money. In some sectors there is almost a wilful blindness to the biodiversity and ecological significance of the “bush”.
"In my text ‘Do Not Lament’, I wanted to respond to Pitt’s poem. My text stands at cross purpose to hers, it stands like a forest. It is a lament and in it I witness the falling of trees and, like in hers, acknowledge the appearance of cultivated land and cities on the space that is cleared. I am torn between the urban and the natural. Unlike Pitt’s clarity and sureness, I feel wounded by our actions that are absent of sensitivity and any noble intentions." Monica Oppen

Artist creator: Monica Oppen

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Do Not Lament (Song of the Axe)