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Marlene MacCallum

WorkBook Works sleep walk

SleepWalk00InCase

sleep walk, hand bound book work in wrap around enclosure

SleepWalk01

sleep walk, hand bound book work, sewn board binding, 25.8 × 17.4 × 1.8 cm – closed dimension, edition of 10, $650 USD, 2023

SleepWalk02

sleep walk, title page, archival digital pigment prints on Asuka paper, 25.6 × 34.1 cm – page spread dimension

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sleep walk, section one – fluctuate, archival digital pigment prints on Asuka paper, 25.6 × 34.1 cm – page spread

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sleep walk, fluctuate, the unfolding natural pattern of seasonal flux

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sleep walk, fluctuate, view of accordion unfolding

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sleep walk, fluctuate, view of accordion expanded, 25.6 × 68 cm

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sleep walk, , fluctuate, reverse view of accordion as page spread

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sleep walk, fluctuate, reverse view of accordion expanded

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sleep walk, section two – sublimate

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sleep walk, sublimate, each section begins with a word encapsulating a form of shift

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sleep walk, sublimate, a section of nested folios

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sleep walk, sublimate

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sleep walk, sublimate

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sleep walk, sublimate

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sleep walk, section three – invert

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sleep walk, invert, negative to positive, a world of photographic inversions

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sleep walk, invert, digital pigment prints on Asuka and Niyodo papers

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sleep walk, invert

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sleep walk, invert, an interplay of nested folios and accordion folds

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sleep walk, invert, digital pigment print on Niyodo paper

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sleep walk, invert

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sleep walk, section four – split

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sleep walk, split, lit becomes split

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sleep walk, split

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sleep walk, split

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sleep walk, section five – saturate

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sleep walk, saturate, the cycle of drain and rain unbalanced by temperature shifts

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sleep walk, saturate

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sleep walk, saturate

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sleep walk, saturate

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sleep walk, saturate

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sleep walk, section six – cloud

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sleep walk, cloud, the visual veil

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sleep walk, cloud

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sleep walk, cloud

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sleep walk, cloud

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sleep walk, cloud

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sleep walk, cloud

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sleep walk, cloud

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sleep walk, section seven – sleep walk

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sleep walk, sleep walk

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sleep walk, sleep walk

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sleep walk, sleep walk

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sleep walk, sleep walk

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sleep walk, sleep walk, are we oblivious or observant of the evidence at the event horizon?

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sleep walk, sleep walk

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sleep walk, sleep walk

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sleep walk, sleep walk

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sleep walk, sleep walk

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sleep walk, sleep walk to fall awake

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sleep walk, images, words, design, printing and binding by Marlene MacCallum

In early June 2020, to mark the end of my regular walks, I began to photograph at the edge of Lake Ontario, always from the same vantage point. Over the following months and years, I slowly amassed a visual record that reflects the ever-changing conjunction of sky, water, and land.

My conception of this vast lake as a static entity was transformed into a realization of the mutability, vulnerability, and adaptability of this environment. The process of making sleep walk was a discovery of the phenomena of shifting states: natural, physical, social and psychological.


Section One: fluctuate

The unfolding natural pattern of seasonal flux.
Two forms of time are present, the diachronic time of movement through the book and the synchronic time of each page.

Section Two: sublimate

Each section begins with a word that encapsulates a form of shift.
Sublimation, the phenomenal occurrence as snow bypasses its watery self to become sky, this shocking shift of states where water feels wedged between solid and gas and the ever-present horizon.
The artist is out of view, but present in framing and offering the work to share the wonder of a world that is ever affected by our presence.

Section Three: invert

Negative to positive, a world of photographic inversions where the shift-maker is the artist choosing to flip black and white and colour when given the surprising gift that a lake’s edge can be its own mirror image.
The eerie process of translation when a negative turns snow into stone.

Section Four: lit becomes split

The rip tide that spills past into future.

Section Five: saturate

The cycle of drain and rain unbalanced by temperature shifts.
rain drops rise and soak the sky

Section Six: cloud

The visual veil.
over lap over lay over cast turn down cast shadow

Section Seven: sleep walk

The algae clogging the water and zebra mussels clogging the shore.
Are we oblivious or observant of the evidence at the event horizon?
close one eye half asleep in July
sleep walk swim in December’s frigid open water fall asleep in full summer awake    to fall asleep to fall asleep to fall awake


To see a video of the research and creation of this piece: sleep walk


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