The Kraken

Barcelona: Carla Busquets, 2018. Signed Limited Edition. Fine.


Copy 4 of 10 created from scans of the 8 original blank ink drawings the artist made for her unique original book The Kraken (2018). Mounted on five wooden dowels. Signed, numbered, and dated by the artist on the verso of the final leaf. Artist's statement: I mostly work with paper. I love the versatility of the material, how easy it is to manipulate and also the skill required to turn it into delicate work. Its duality, the fragility and strength of it and the fact that it can be found in many ordinary objects, to be recycled and repurposed. I use drawing and paper to explore the boundaries of book structures and create a story, a tale. Imagining a picture that goes beyond the illustration, with mobile and tridimensional parts as in pop-up books, gives me new possibilities to transport the spectator to a more surrounding, almost touchable scene. I also like to reference bookbinding tradition, using paste or marbled papers that I make according to what I want to say. I take inspiration from the natural world, usually focusing on the individuals, animals and plants, be it from an environmental point of view or to create a visual experience playing with colour and shape. Carla Busquets (b. 1988) was born and raised in Barcelona. From a very early age, she showed an interest in art, especially for drawing and paper cutting. That, and her love for books and antiques as she grew up, led her to pursue a career in art conservation (BA in Barcelona). Wanting to know more about book structures and understand how they were made in order to be able to preserve them, she spent a year enrolled in a college bookbinding program. She then moved to London to complete an MA in paper and book conservation at Camberwell College of Art (2011-13). After three years of working as a paper and book conservator in different countries, she realized how much she missed making art and transmitting the magic of it to people. In late 2017, she set up her own studio and shop in Barcelona under the name of La Frivé, where she can now freely combine conservation work with bookbinding, art projects, and workshops for adults and children. Piano hinge structure after Hedi Kyle. Canon Pixma inkjet color printing on 300gsm cold pressed white Canson paper mounted on thinner laid paper hinges. Five hand cut 5mm diameter bamboo dowels. Book: 17cm x 12,5cm x 3.5cm. Housed in custom presentation box by the artist covered in her own handmade paste paper (80gsm Torreon laid paper, acrylic paint, methylcellulose). Box: 18cm x 14cm x 4.5cm.