Note is a suite of small informal messages, records and markings from the everyday, presented in a way to call the viewer to pay attention.
Working with piles of similarly-sized paperback books, Stillman cuts negative shapes into the front edge, reminiscent of hand-drawn markings found on scrap-paper notes.
Communicating feelings of immediacy the works are also far from spontaneous and effortless, with each piece considered and removed by hand with a scalpel. The contemplation and aptitude required to produce these works is akin to the response intended by the viewer – to arrive at a deep contemplative moment whilst passing through the library.
Note was exhibited at at Bargoonga Nganjin from 9 October until 3 December 2017.
Image credit: Kylie Stillman, Insert Emoticon, 2016, hand-cut paperback books and timber base. Courtesy of the artist and Utopia Art Sydney.