A double concertina book with a progression of free verse poetry and transformation of imagery. The diverse materials used are derived from associating influences of two locations. Metal covers depict the major influence of industrialization and the different papers represent the technology of today. The accordion tyvek binding is digitally printed, including the signature Kozo-shi paper inserts with contrasting fonts. Mapping is printed on digitally prepared acetate sheets.
The ‘double’ title: Saudade and Longing form a ‘prompt and response’ title in relationship to each other. Memories often form and reemerge in the same manner. The meaning of saudade encompasses the longing to return to a previous reference, often nostalgically significantly through memories elongating a sense of belonging. However, nostalgia and memory are not exacting and remain relative to time and place. Understanding these placeholders: patterns found in land types, distinct weather behaviors, cultures and quieting spaces lends to interpretation, reflection and reemergence. Observing the transition of many cultures, some forced and others by choice to other homelands reinforces the need to find belonging and the resorting of memories to find familiarity.