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2019 recipient: August Carpenter

Artist's book: Terra incognita

Terra incognita takes the physical form of a series of large-scale monoprints depicting the rapidly changing horizon lines of glacial landscapes in the Antarctic ice shelf.

Utilising cartographic material and early exploration photographs from State Library Victoria's collection, August's project aims to provide an emotive visualisation to the monumental importance of this still largely unknown landscape that is currently deteriorating at an unprecedented rate.

Referencing the early imagined landscapes, her project is not only a visualisation of early records but an imagining of what we will lose due to human influence. The project will result in a series of large-scale monoprints within a hand-bound artist's book.

August Carpenter graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) in 2012 from Central Saint Martins, London, having started her degree at the Victorian College of Art (BFA Drawing) in 2009.

She is one of five artists working as the collaboration known as 5 Press, which she cofounded in 2015. The collective was formed in Melbourne with the intention of investigating the artist's book form, through traditional printmaking and book-binding techniques. The group has since exhibited their artist's books at major book events Australia-wide, with works also held in public and private collections nationally and internationally.