EUAN MACLEOD – High Wire: book & works on paper – 8-24 Dec 2020
The etchings, drawings and works on paper in this exhibition were all made towards a book project Euan Macleod undertook with Booker finalist Lloyd Jones.
High Wire was published by Massey University Press earlier in 2020. It is the first of a series of picture books written and made for grownups and designed to showcase leading New Zealand writers and artists working together in a collaborative and dynamic way.
In High Wire the narrators playfully set out across the Tasman, literally on a high wire. Macleod’s striking drawings explore notions of home, and depict homeward thoughts and dreams. High Wire also enters a metaphysical place where art is made, a place where any ambitious art-making enterprise requires its participants to hold their nerve and not look down. It’s a beautifully considered small book which richly rewards the reader and stretches the notion of what the book can do.