About the Book
This book, the fourth in a series of Blurb books, follows the OPEN BOOKS project to its next international venue, in the Library and Archives Canada, in Ottawa, Canada. The first edition accompanied the initial exhibition of OPEN BOOKS in 2012 at the National Library of Wales, and featured books by a group of sixteen artists from the UK, Australia and Hong Kong. The second, OPEN BOOKS - CHINA, accompanied the exhibition in the Sanshang Museum of Contemporary Art in Hangzhou, in China in 2013. There the OPEN BOOKS artists were joined by 41 renowned Chinese artists in a celebration of the Chinese Folding Book. The third edition, OPEN BOOKS PLUS - AUSTRALIA was made for the next stage of the exhibition tour to Brisbane and Canberra 2014, with the addition of a group of eighteen of the Chinese artists and another five new artists from Australia. In November 2014 the Sanshang Museum of Contemporary Art produced a bilingual Chinese/English catalogue to accompany our next large joint exhibition in Hong Kong. Wherever the exhibition goes, it grows, gathering artists. In Canada we have invited thirteen Canadian artists to join us, and our Chinese friends from Hangzhou are again bringing a selection of their books. This catalogue focuses on the new Canadian artists, but each and every artist who has been in Open Books has their name and a small image of their work in the back. The new catalogue is again bilingual, in the two official languages of Canada, English and French. The Chinese folding books, each done by a contemporary artist, form a wonderfully diverse exhibition and the OPEN BOOKS catalogues chart its international journey and offer us glimpses of its development.
Mary Husted grew up in Sussex, England after the war. She studied graphics in the early 60s, in Sussex and Germany, but dropped out to have children. She moved to Wales with her second husband and family in 1979. In the mid 80s she returned to study Fine Art in Cardiff, and since graduating in 1990 she has exhibited widely - in the UK, northern Europe, Canada, United States, Australia and Hong Kong, including many solo exhibitions. She is based in South Wales but has spent extended periods living and working in Australia and South East Asia. She has work in public and private collections in Europe, Australia, Canada and Hong Kong. In the last few years she has spent more of her time writing and some excerpts have been published in anthologies. She is now in the process of writing a memoir.