Because I Like You, and You, and You

A Greater stick-nest rat (Leporillus conditor) is bound for Mornington
A Rufous mouse lemur (Microcebus rufus) is bound for Fremantle

Editions of our artists' book, Because I Like You, will be on display as part of the forthcoming 2016 New Works on Paper and Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award exhibitions.

All ten editions of our artists’ book, Because I Like You, were released into the wild from our stall at the Melbourne Art Book Fair at the NGV earlier this year. From that ten, the Eurasian red squirrel climbed the collection shelves of the University of Melbourne Library; the Sea otter swam through the plumbing to reach the State Library of Victoria; the Greater bilby flew buckshee across the border to Canberra, to the National Library of Australia; and the Black-and-gold howler monkey swung into the collection of the State Library of Queensland. The Polar bear and Royal antelope elected to reside in private collections. And now a further two have packed their kitbags. We are thrilled that the Greater stick-nest rat edition of our artists' book will be unfurled at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, and the Rufous mouse lemur will be on display at the Fremantle Arts Centre.

Why the Greater stick-nest rat?
I like you because you can weave a secure nest from branches and collected vegetation. I could be talking about a Greater stick-nest rat (Leporillus conditor); I could be talking about you.

Why the Rufous mouse lemur?
You’re shy and nocturnal, hiding in the foliage from the Fossa, the Ring-tailed mongoose, and the Madagascar harrier hawk, and it is why I like you so. I could be talking about a Rufous mouse lemur (Microcebus rufus); I could be talking about you.

2016 National Works on Paper
16th July – 11th September, 2016
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
Civic Reserve, 350 Dunns Road (corner of Mornington-Tyabb Road and Dunns Road), Mornington, Victoria

Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award
23rd September – 12th November, 2016
Fremantle Arts Centre
1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle, Western Australia


Until then, Louise and I would like to invite you to join us at Artists Book Maker Series: Artists’ books holding us in their palm, presented by Special Collections and Lenton Parr Library, as part of Melbourne Rare Book Week.

Wednesday the 20th July, 2016
Lenton Parr Library, level 1 Arts HUB
VCA Southbank Campus, 234 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
(Free event; bookings required)

And we two, and our Tawny owls, look forward to seeing you at the closing celebrations this weekend at Port Jackson Press Print Gallery for Contemporary Paper: Celebrating a Year of Print.

Goodnight; tails tight.


Image credit: Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison, Because I Like You, artists’ book, 2016