10 November 2010
For the next several days textoftheday is showing samples from a recently completed artist book project by Jude Walton. An Officially Dead Book (2006-2010) was buried, exhumed, photographed, and its demise recorded by the artist after she came across a book entitled Officially Dead in a secondhand bookshop in Daylesford, Victoria, Australia in August 2006. The book, written by Quentin Reynolds, is the story of a Commander C.D. Smith during the Second World War. After reading it, Walton buried it in the garden, marking the spot with a large stone, on September 3rd 2006. She then began a process of exhumation and reburial. The samples shown here reveal some of that process. A selection of photographs was also printed and made into an accordion hand folded book by Jason Workman, keeping the same dimensions of the original.