Justine Giles, 2013, First, Middle, Family [ink and pencil on paper, 210 x 297 mm]
Last year when I was weeding a number of old and damaged books from the library I found some interesting inscriptions. I didn’t have a particular plan for them at the time, but I photographed them to remember them.
Because of my experience teaching international students, the above notations made me smile knowingly. Unless you are familiar with Western names, it can be difficult to determine what goes where in a reference… especially if you are used to family names coming first, it trips up my students all the time.
Justine Giles, 2013, The gratitude I feel [ink on paper, 210 x 297 mm]
To Mr. L.
If all the gratitude I feel these
days were to be written down, it
would take more that this page to do it.
So, I guess I’ll just say how
much happier I am with myself and the world since
you helped me
know myself better.
26, Sept ’73
I love this. Even though I don’t have a specific ‘Mr. L.’ the sentiment of this inscription resonates with me. The world does seem happier when you know yourself.
I tried to treat the handwriting like drawing… it was actually quite hard, I kept finding my hand trying to rebel and insert my own handwriting instead!
Justine Giles, 2013, Haunted room [graphite on paper]
The above image is from a photograph left in a very old book donated to the library from someone’s estate. I have added it here in the interests of showing failure as well. The drawing has none of the haunting of the original photographic image. Which is important to note. Some images just don’t translate fully into drawings… they lose too much.