Texts by Simon Baker, Paola Paleari, Ingrid Luquet-Gad, Markovian System (Joël Vacheron & Aris Xanthos), Viviane Morey, Ann-Christin Bertrand and Brad Feuerhelm.
SPBH Editions is pleased to present A Rock is a River, a new book by Swiss
artist Maya Rochat. Binding the alchemy of photography with the physicality of
painting, Rochat creates organic patterns, chromatic alterations and visual
ruptures that generate a slow, ongoing process of images mutating, reflecting a
world in permanent flux. In the long tradition of artists’ books as artworks in
their own right, Rochat understands the space of a publication as
site-specific, and has conceived a series of works for the form of the
publication, taking into account the possibilities of layout and printing
experimentation. Drawing from the past two years of her photographic
production, she revisits and interweaves images in various scales and rhythms
to create an ongoing, unfolding collage in book form.
A Rock is a River takes its name from the collection of raw material Rochat
gathered to create the book. Much of it was shot in Valle Verzasca, in the
Locarno district of her native Switzerland, as well as within other landscapes
she has a direct connection to such as Peru, where her father lives. Inspired
by the altering states of matter transforming in the natural world – the
sculpting forces of continually moving water, rocks transformed by rivers,
solids turning to liquids and back again – Rochat works layers of
transformation into each her own works, in her own process of sedimentation.
This is Rochat’s most ambitious book so far, both in
terms of scale and physicality. Her photographs are given space to be seen in
singularity, and her paintings engage directly with the pages they are placed
on. A second layer of visuals born from organic gestures and surfaces overlap
the base images, both digitally and manually arranged. Sections of the book are printed in colour and black
and white on silver paper, creating physical ruptures each time it flashes when
reflecting surrounding light.
Publication date: October 2017 Format: Hardback Edition: 800 Size: 22 x 29 cm Number of pages: 336 Type of printing: Offset ISBN: 9781999814403
Selected as one of Simon Baker’s Best Photobooks of 2017 for Photobookstore