The postman hands me a Jiffy pack - it's from my artist friend
Barbara Regent in New South Wales. I'm surprised
how much she's packed into one anonymous-looking padded envelope.
There's a collage on a hinged frame (left), which looks
great on our mantelpiece, two small books of sequences of landscape
drawings and collages, folded concertina fashion and bound in floppy
suede effect covers (sounds strange, I know, but it works) and a
booklet which is a facsimile of a larger handmade artist's book
in which tiny landscape drawings are used to create a hieroglyphic
There are mountainous Zen landscapes, storyboarded to give a feeling
of travelling on some kind of quest through a remote landscape.
These appear alongside a series of collages of found natural objects
and organic-looking materials that hint at magical connections between
trees, hills and clouds in a sun-bleached land. And there's one
drawing of waves that reminds me of Leonardo.
'Simplicity was the principle,' Barbara tells me, 'and Francis
Bacon's statement, that “you have to abbreviate into intensity”'.