Alice Austin – Optique


© 2017
edition of 16
dimensions in inches:8 x 8 x 12 (extended)


About this piece:

Optique is a tunnel book inspired by the wild, west coast of County Mayo, Ireland, echoing the unique costal geometry of angular cliffs, blowholes, seaweed and plants. The panels and the accordion sides are four overlapping letterpress-printed linoleum cut designs inspired by the forms and colors of seaweed and kelp of the Irish coast. The double-sided tunnel book also evokes a telescope, becoming an optical device. Looking through the opening, the eye sharpens its focus on an object at the other end. The book is housed in an ocean blue box which is covered with Twinrocker handmade paper, printed with a linoleum cut image of seaweed, then paste paper painted. The interior of the box contains a linoleum print of a Celtic spiral design, which can be viewed through the hole in the tunnel book. The edition of 16 is signed and numbered, printed on a Vandercook press on Mohawk cover weight paper.


paper, ink

About the artist:

Alice is a book artist and printmaker who lives in Philadelphia and loves to travel.

About Alicia Bailey


Alice Austin – Optique

by Alicia Bailey time to read: 1 min