Felicia Atkinson ‘Ambient Park’
19 x 29 cm
first edition of 400 copies
saddle stitched softcover
Publication date: August 2017
Printed in Australia
Co-published by Perimeter Editions (Melbourne, Australia) & Shelter Press (Rennes, France)
Design: Bartolomé Sanson
About the book
Ricocheting quietly between photographic landscapes, drawn abstractions and poetic recollections, Ambient Park – the latest artist book from Shelter Press cofounder Félicia Atkinson – assumes the form of a deferred performance. Serving as a kind of response to the French artist and experimental musician’s recent sonic and visual output, the book comprises a series of film stills shot during her travels to New Mexico and Arizona, overlaid with a collection of at once crude and delicate drawings made in Australia.
Co-published by Shelter Press and Perimeter Editions to coincide with Atkinson’s Australian tour, Ambient Park echoes of Brian Eno’s On Land or The Plateaux of Mirror (with Harold Budd) as astutely as it offers a nod to the untethered line work and colour of Clifford Still, Helen Frankenthaler, Amy Sillman or John Baldessari.
Working to navigate a path across real lands, negative spaces and psychic topographies, Ambient Park manifests in the filmic trace, the words that spring to mind and the lines the body can draw.
About the artist
Félicia Atkinson (born 1981 in Paris) is graduated with Honors from l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris and studied also anthropology and contemporary dance (BOCAL project with Boris Charmatz in 2003).
She is a visual artist, an experimental musician and the co-publisher of the independent imprint Shelter Press/curatorial platform Argument with Bartolomé Sanson.
Here works deals mostly with the topics of improvisation, fiction, instant composition, noise, abstraction and poetry.
Her paintings, drawings, sculpture, texts, installations, performances, and musical compositions are mostly abstract and are fed by multiples expeditions to many places where she collect sounds, objects, materials and other diverse materials to her visual and sound works.