Gnobilis Press

Gnobilis Press

Alastair R. Noble

How did you become involved in artist’s books?
I have made artist’s books throughout my artistic career. I trained, as a printmaker therefore the production of artist’s books was a natural transition. In light of this, I have employed a number of printing techniques in the fabrication of my books including etching, silkscreen, cyanotype and letterpress. In the last ten years my books often reflect on large-scale environmental schemes I have been involved with not necessarily as documents but works in their own right that supplement these projects. 

What is the focus of your practice?
I identify myself as an environmental/installation artist. My artistic practice is a response to architecture and the natural environment, and reflects on particular sites in the context of poetry and literature. The writings of Mallarmé, Marinetti, Mayakovsky, Wittgenstein, Nietzsche, Borges, Poe and Daumal have all been the genesis of numerous projects. Texts by these authors are transposed into artist’s books, installations and interventions in the landscape. 

What are you working on at the moment?
From October 2018 until March 2019 I was living In St. Monans Fife where I produced a series of drawings that transposed the poem “On a Raised Beach” by the Scots poet Hugh MacDiarmid into calligraphic notations that map the coastline of East Neuk. I am currently in the process of transforming these drawings into an artist’s book.

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