The Artistry of Books

Friday 20 May - Sunday 19 June, 2022

Thou Art Mum - Artist Group Show

Books are portable magic. They can take us to faraway lands filled with emotive adventures, mysteries to solve and dragons to chase. Words and diagrams teach us about nature, our world and our past. Beautiful images of art, architecture and animals grace the pages and our imaginations.
See how books have inspired our group of TAM artists, from how they are physically constructed, to stories we’ve experienced and knowledge we’ve gleaned. We welcome you to our exhibition, The Artistry of Books, and join us on a journey without leaving the room.


Opening event
Date: Friday 20 May, 2022
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Eltham Library Community Gallery
Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Country
1 Panther Place, Eltham
Free entry
Please check the library website for opening hours



Linen covered archival art book in clamshell box

25.4 x 25.4cm book


Artist’s Statement

Restrictions, limitations, distance. We stay distanced from others. There’s no certainty. Capturing subjects at home, at early stage of the pandemic, saw joy and frustrations reflected. With insight into the expected, more challenging stage ahead, the subjects were posed with intent. The refined, printed format of a book, allows the beholder to experience the journey privately and intimately.


VIDEO - 'Restricted' - watch the pages of the book turn, in order of appearance.

RESTRICTED - The BookSee the pages of the book turn, in order of appearance

VIDEO - It's The Small Things - an insight into the construction of the multi-layered images within the book.


Its The Small ThingsAn insight into the multiple layers that create each image within the book

'The Blue Hour' image displayed

The Blue HourThe Blue Hour


Sublime Eucalyptus


Chromaluxe aluminium panel in black European Frame

51 x 61cm

Artist’s Statement

The Australian native ‘Silver Princess’ - Eucalyptus caesia releases its spectacular flowers from under a cap, in a gathered, circular form. Sublime beauty slowly unfurls, revealing the plant’s fine structures and pink shades, detailed in full colour. Inspired by Karl Blossfeldt’s century old publications with his incredible black and white photographs of intense botanical portraits.

Savickas Melisa Sublime Eucalyptus Photograph 61x51cmSavickas Melisa Sublime Eucalyptus Photograph 61x51cm