Artist Books on Travel by Alex Arcus and Liz Jeneid
7 September - 25 November 2006 (Mon - Fri only)
Research Library

Artist books by Liz Jeneid (top) and Alexander Arcus (bottom)

Artist books by Liz Jeneid (top) and Alexander Arcus (bottom)


This exhibition of artists' books examines the process of notation by two artists of their travels in Australia and overseas. There is a questioning of the forms such books may take and the many approaches to expressing content using both text and image.

The books range from collections of drawings or prints of a journey or place, to the ephemera of travel, or to images which the artist associates with a particular place. Both artists use a variety of materials and print techniques, ranging from intaglio and embossing by hand to computer printing, often on paper specifically made by hand for a particular book. A variety of bookbinding techniques will be used and considerable thought given to the display of the books with several presented in slip cases or sculptural boxes.

This exhibition follows on from the Undercover exhibition of artists’ books, by students and staff of the South Australian School of Art, University of South Australia and the School of Creative Arts, University of Wollongong, 2004. 

Alexander Arcus is an artist working in paint, textiles and paper. For many years he was Head of the Textiles Studios at the South Australian School of Art, University of South Australia, where he introduced the teaching of papermaking and artists’ books. He has studied papermaking and printed textiles in Japan and undertaken consultancy work with a paper mill in the Philippines. He has consistently exhibited his work in Australia and overseas with ten solo and more than thirty group exhibitions.

Liz Jeneid is a practising artist with a deep interest in the medium of artist books, which she has been making since 1989. The books are sometimes part of a larger body of work, as well as a visual process of recording impressions and responses to place. Having taught visual arts for over twenty years, she is now an Honorary Fellow in the Faculty of Creative Arts, University of Wollongong. Liz is a great traveller and has spent time in the polar regions, Europe, Asia and the USA, and is always invigorated by the freshness of vision that comes with visiting an unknown place.