TO BE HEARD AND TO BE HELD (I AM BUILDING MY CASTLE, 2022) by Stephanie Francis-Shanahan
148 x 210mm, 144 page book, full colour printing, wire bound, comes in in gift bag, 2022
The book/bag ‘To be heard and to be held (I am building my castle, 2022)’ is the last in a trilogy called 'jaws of life' and each has explored a different emotion at its core-the work aims to help myself and others hold room for the specific emotion (joy/woe/strife) and encourages discussion on how we hold these feelings in the body. This edition explores strife/anger but with an underlying desire to release these repressed emotions and what the result of this action can be. The images and graphic text collages contain a sense of motion as most work was made as a stream of consciousness release charged with feeling. It is an edition of 78 and they were launched in Manchester (Village Books, 27th May) and London (Photobook Cafe, 26th May).
Each book comes in a party bag format of a green organza bag and The Simpsons badge attached containing an original 1/1 drawing in a stamped envelope, sweets, fridge magnet and a handmade keyring.