OPEN BOOKS PLUS - AUSTRALIA is a third edition of OPEN BOOKS. The first edition accompanied the 2012 exhibition in the National Library of Wales. A second edition, OPEN BOOKS - CHINA, was written for the exhibition in the Sanshang Museum of Contemporary Art in Hangzhou, in China in November 2013. There the Open Books artists were joined by 41 Chinese artists in a celebration of the Chinese Folding Book. This new edition is for the next stage of the exhibition tour, which now continues to Australia during May to August 2014, with the addition of a group of eighteen of the Chinese artists and another five new artists from Australia. Wherever the exhibition goes, it grows, gathering artists.
The artists and contributors featured in this book are from Australia, China, Hong Kong and the UK. It has a foreword by Welsh poet Tony Curtis and essays by our South East Asia contributors, Frank Vigneron and Joe Zhu. The latest edition also features essays by Australian art historian, Sasha Grishin and artist, Sue Hunt.
These folding books form a wonderfully diverse exhibition and the OPEN BOOKS catalogues offer us a glimpse of it.
Mary Husted grew up in Sussex, England after the war. She studied graphics in the early 60s, in Sussex and Germany, but dropped out to have children. She moved to Wales with her second husband and family in 1979. In the mid 80s she returned to study Fine Art in Cardiff, and since graduating in 1990 she has exhibited widely - in the UK, northern Europe, Canada, United States, Australia and Hong Kong, including many solo exhibitions. She is based in South Wales but has spent extended periods living and working in Australia and South East Asia. She has work in public and private collections in Europe, Australia, Canada and Hong Kong. Her work has been critiqued and written about in a range of publications in the UK and Australia and she has been featured in several national radio and television programmes. In the last few years she has spent more of her time writing and some excerpts have been published in anthologies. She is now in the process of writing a memoir.