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Curiosity is an attunement to multi species entanglement, complexity, and the shimmer all around us.
Deborah Bird Rose.

weneverstoodapart is a visual poem about our relationship with other beings, both human and non-human. We have constructed our worlds with humans always in a dominant or central position, and so find ourselves in an ecological and political era which mirrors to us the impact this brings to all life and the planet.

Any civilisation that chooses to drive ecological change, while refusing to acknowledge its own interdependence and interconnectedness with all life, psychologically disconnects and isolates itself from itself and the entire biosphere. To act as if the world beyond humans is composed of "things" for human use is a catastrophic assault on the diversity, complexity, abundance, and beauty of life. We are entangled with other species we cannot live without.

Our current thinking and world view no longer holds.

weneverstoodapart folds ideas from the life sciences and thermodynamics with drawing and digital image making to generate a visual poem for our times. Form, structure and process coalesce into a dynamic texture echoing the sympoietic nature of all life.

Book 1 - A traumatic loss of coordinates
Book 2 - Things are exactly as they are, yet never as they seem
Book 3 - How enmeshed we are

An edition of 6 published 2020.

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Content, design and production by Darren Marsh
3 bookworks each 168cm x 28.4cm
Each bookwork an 8 page concertina fold
Unfolds in spreads and can be read as one continuous piece
Archival digital print on 280gsm Titanium Lustre silver resin coated paper
Archival linen hinges
Mirri Blanco Pearl 220gsm covers
Archival digital printed labels with spot varnish
Blue and gold inked paper banderole

Printing by William Chitham, Manchester.

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