About the Book
Quinn by photographer, artist and writer Lottie Davies is a prescient and timely meditation on grief, loss, loneliness, the search for meaning, and the possibility of redemption through time and landscape. The work recounts the eponymous fictional story of a young man, William Henry Quinn, who, in post-Second World War Britain, walks from the south-west of England to the far north of Scotland, in what becomes an epic and symbolic journey.
In her highly acclaimed multi-dimensional installations, Davies’ moving image works and large format photographs, ‘personal’ ephemera, text, and period room sets create the experience of simultaneously seeing an exhibition, reading a novel, visiting the theatre and going to the cinema. In book form she cleverly translates this experience from the gallery space into this stunning monograph; the physical sensation of Quinn’s movement is emulated visually through the numerous foldout pages, and different sections are highlighted using varying paper stock. Most notable is the carefully conceived production of Quinn’s diary, printed on opaque fine paper, itself directly inspired by the small, annotated diary Davies’ grandfather wrote while deployed in Normandy during WWII. The diary is also narrated by actor Samuel J Weir and accessible via a QR code in the book. Publisher’s Info
Spreads from the book Quinn © Lottie Davies by courtesy of Mutton Row Books
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About the Artist
Lottie Davies is a multi-award-winning photographer, artist and writer whose work is published, exhibited and collected internationally. She rose to prominence in 2008 with the award of the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize by the National Portrait Gallery in London for her work Quints. Viola As Twins won the Photographic Art Award, Arte Laguna Prize in Venice in 2011, and her series Memories and Nightmares won the Young Masters Art Prize in 2012.
Davies’ work is concerned with stories and personal histories, the tales and myths we use to structure our lives. She takes inspiration from classical and modern painting, cinema and theatre as well as the imaginary worlds of literature.
Project Page Quinn: www.whquinn.com (Highly recommended)
Video: Quinn: A Journey | Artist Interview with Lottie Davies by the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum (Youtube)