Troubador Molly's Tapestry

Released: 28/10/2021

ISBN: 9781803130767

Format: Paperback

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Molly's Tapestry


In 1922, the same year that Ulysses by James Joyce’s was first published, Jan Miller, the young avante-garde writer, proposed an ‘Abstract Art of the 21st Century’ based only on the marks of punctuation. The most recent in a series of artist’s books investigating the dialectic of mark, word and image, Molly’s Tapestry is an encrypted transcription of the final ‘Penelope’ chapter of Ulysses that further explores the new problematic opened up by the young Polish Futurist which elevated marks of punctuation to the level of an aesthetic object. In the liminal space between visual art & literature, it celebrates the Centenary of his poem in Panowa and Joyce’s seminal work. In the midst of the current electronic revolution in global capitalism which has the coding of digital information at its core, it also marks the Bicentenary of Jean-Louis Champollion’s breakthrough in the decipherment of Egyptian hieroglyphs in 1822, later elaborated in Précis du système hiéroglyphique des ancients Égyptiens. Molly’s Tapestry thus suggests that the relation of theory and practice in art is often comparable to that in science. It’s graphic abstraction poses the political question today of how to read and indeed to write punctuation with respect to the structure and earliest origins of writing itself.

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John  McGreal

John McGreal was born in 1945. He lives in South London. He is divorced with a daughter, Frances.

His writing has emerged out of his practice as a visual artist, which has

always included an interest in use of text. This focus on spacial aspects of language was exemplified in his first solo art show, How Is It?, an exhibition of prints in July, 2006 at The Irish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith, London to commemorate the centenary of Samuel Becket. As an artist he has worked as a Visiting Tutor at Camberwell College of Art since gaining a Distinction in MA Book Arts there (2002)and a First in BA Fine Art at Central St Martin's School of Art (2001).

His interest in writing the silent voice and internal monologue also emerged from the experience prior to that in the Eighties and Nineties, when he practiced as a psychiatric and addiction counsellor - and then as a psychoanalytic counsellor, getting a Distinction in the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychoanalytic Counselling at Goldsmith's College, London (1992).

His attention to detail in punctuation and the inner spacial workings of written language has stemmed too from the time in the Seventies when he worked as a free-lance translator for Routledge and Kegan Paul and The Harvester Press.

He has always retained an interest in the social context of writing since working in the early Seventies and late Sixties as an academic sociologist at The Open University, The London School of Economics and Leicester University where he got a First in BA Soc.Sci.(Sociology)in 1967.

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