As if an entrance is over there brings together a series of texts; essays and conversations, thematically focussed on the intersection of landscape and the practice of Edward Clydesdale Thomson, a Scottish/Danish artist based in the Netherlands. The publication is not intended to be a retrospective overview/catalogue of Thomson’s work, but is presented to give readers an inside into the concerns and processes of his work. Thomson’s practice revolves around the politics of representation – for instance the translation of images into text and then from text into music. Recently he has focussed, more specifically, on how landscape relates to cultural formation.
I was searching for a structure for the book that could reflect the main theme – the politics of representation – in the artist’s work. I worked closely with the artist to develop distinctive pattern sections who’s design is inspired by nature to represent each essay in the book. The patterns are either, adaptations of patterns that the artist used in previous work that relates to the text, or designed specifically for the essay. This way the pattern could be considered a loose translation of the text on the other side of the page. I wanted to underline the variety of voices in the book by separately choosing paperstock and Pantone colours for each individual essay/pattern. The book is bound and printed in a way that you can counterfold each overleaf to show either the text or the pattern side of the book. Ideally these two representations of a story will start to mix by the use of its reader.
Awarded Best Dutch Book Award 2012