Villa Alba: from another perspective
Upon first impressions, Villa Alba appears to be a house of contradictions. Here is a house whose impressive grey façade and frosted glass windows, oozes a sense of strength, stability, even a sense of longevity. However when you step over its threshold it appears to be a different story. Walking through its rooms there appears to be a delicate balance between conservation and exploration as the house through the removal of paint and paper is made to give up its secrets. With all this excavation to the building’s nineteenth-century interior, there is a sense of fragility as its walls are slowly being exposed to the twenty-first century atmosphere.
Each of the seventeen miniature-like linocuts of Villa Alba: from another perspective attempts to captivate all the elements that make up Villa Alba as a structure and as an institution. Paint was used to initially embellish (and eventually disguise) the interiors, so hand colouring each of the prints seemed appropriate. The fragile nature of the interior played a large part in the construction of the book. Individual pages were glued together to form a concertina style of book. Besides giving the impression that the book, like the house is joined together by a number of elements. It also gives the impression that there is more to house than its stately exterior. The use of ties on the book and a slipcover mirrors the idea of the house’s façade. It also takes in the notion that like the visitors to the house and walking from room to room, the viewer/reader must untie the binding, open up the book and turn the pages to experience the work and therefore the elements of Villa Alba.