Sumi Perera, “Inside Out-Outside In [IO-OI]-The Trilogy”

FRONT Cover of the trilogy-with INSIDE OUT embossed

FRONT & BACK of the 3 books opened: with INSIDE OUT embossed, and OUTSIDE IN debossed.

First turn of the cover, with inner flap abutting the circular aperture.

Second turn of the cover.

Two French folds fully opened to reveal the blind embossed text.

Sumi Perera
Redhill Surrey, UK

Inside Out-Outside In [IO-OI]-The Trilogy
etching, aquatint, embossing, debossing, incision & stitch
variable edition of 3
each book in the trilogy has 4 french folds each
21x15x3 [stack of 3 books]

[Awarded the Incline Press-Dave Godin Award at the Society of Bookbinders’ International Conference & Competition UK 2015 & the Manly Library Acquisition Award NSW Australia 2017]

[Opening instructions please slide outer sleeve to reveal the inner sleeve that houses 3 books: I-white, II-white/grey & III-grey]

A trilogy of artist books featuring the artist’s site-specific bookart-installations designed for the Stroud International Textile Festival for the exhibition ‘Power of Ten’ held within the Museum in the Park, Stroud. It also incorporates elements form the books designed for ‘Pressing Identities’ held at the West Yorkshire Print Workshop.

Etched/aquatinted/embossed prints incorporate the artist’s own house-plans, the Serpentine Gallery Pavilions’ blueprints, the surrounding road-maps which explore how bodies navigate space inside and outside the built environment. French-folds enclose hidden texts. The embossed fonts [Inside Out] protrude outwards from within the front cover, and the debossed fonts [Outside In] intrude from outside to within the cover, and windows in each dust-jacket allow the book to be judged by its cover.

The trajectories of text within the six French folds are ramblings derived philosophical writings from the PRODUCTION OF SPACE by Henri Lefebvre1 & A THOUSAND PLATEAUS by Giles Deleuze & Felix Guattarri2.

  1. The Production of Space by Henri Lefebvre is a search for a reconciliation between mental space (the space of the philosophers) and real space (the physical and social spheres in which we all live). In the course of his exploration, Henri Lefebvre moves from metaphysical and ideological considerations of the meaning of space to its experience in the everyday life of home and city. He seeks, in other words, to bridge the gap between the realms of theory and practice, between the mental and the social, and between philosophy and reality.
  2. A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia (French: Mille plateaux) is a 1980 philosophy book by French authors Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, respectively a philosopher and a psychoanalyst. The authors draw upon and discuss the work of a number of authors, including Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, and Wilhelm Reich. A Thousand Plateaus is written in a non-linear fashion, and the reader is invited to move among plateaux in any order.

[Text: extracts of multiple searches on the internet, inspired by other readings including the: The Practice of Everyday Life by Michel de Certeau & The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard] More about the development of the work can be read on the link-