Vanessa Billy, Why Shapes What

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Ditto Press
London, 2010

Kellenberger–White was commissioned by Ditto Press to initiate and design an artist book, which would be suitable for Risograph printing. The artist Vanessa Billy, represented by Limoncello Gallery in London and BolteLang Gallery in Zurich was approached.

Each spread contained a pair of the artist’s carefully selected found photographic images taken from books. Smaller, photographic images from the web were tipped into the book – these acted as paused junction points in the image sequence. Key action verbs chosen by Billy replaced page numbers and brought emphasis and meaning to the images and their sequence. Some of the reproductions of the images were printed in full colour, whilst others were colour separated in copper, blue and black – three significant colours Billy wished to emphasise. Copper was again used in the four staples binding the book. For the cover and title pages, Kellenberger–White drew illustrations traced from the artist’s imagery.