Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Otto, Camino de Santiago, Bath, UK, 2017 [ed. 100]

This is a really fascinating screenprinted book that utilizes both sides of the accordion in quite distinctive ways. The theme of the book is the author's experiences completing a 478 mile pilgrimage walk from the Pyrenees to the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in northwest Spain. The particular walk that he took is just one of the many he could have chosen from the network of old Christian routes that lead to the Shrine of Saint James the Great.

The book opens up with a page that directs the reader either to the left or the right. On the left side the artist lists the reasons for walking, and what to bring accompanied with sketches of the landscape he passed through. Opening the book to the right the artist has interspersed more landscape sketches with short snippets of conversations with fellow travelers as well as some accounts of his own experiences walking the trail. This book is a moving portrayal of the trials and tribulations involved in completing this most ancient of walks.

Otto is a graphic artist and illustrator living near Bath, UK.

46 pages, double-sided, individual page 4.75" (h) x 5" (w), total length when open 9ft 7" (115").

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