Ann Craven superimposes source photographs, historical works and her own paintings, creating mediated images that feature layer upon layer of referentiality – a collage of her most treasured curios. Peacocks showcase their plumage; birds perch on a branch; a trio of horses pose 'just so'. Through these acts of creation and recreation, Craven becomes both master and copyist, citing herself in her own art historical lineage.
The book is divided into 3 parts, each paired with a text. Animals, birds, flowers, moons: Craven’s motifs are in themselves an incantation – a wish to repeat, reencounter, relive. In keeping with this process of revisitation, Craven’s paintings are repeated in threes throughout this fully illustrated catalogue, mimicking the tripartite structure of her Animals Birds Flowers Moons exhibition.
108 pages, 28 x 28 cm, hardcover, Karma (New York).