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— Introduction by Charles Nodrum Gallery

Charles Nodrum Gallery is pleased to present Kristin Headlam’s suite of etchings, entitled The Universe Looks Down.

The suite was commissioned in 2012 by the University of Melbourne’s Rare Books Collection, initiated by former librarian Philip Kent, to accompany Chris Wallace-Crabbe’s epic poem of the same title. Wallace-Crabbe, a leading figure in Melbourne’s literary world and Kristin’s partner of many years, composed the poem gradually from 1988 to 2005.

The suite consists of 32 image prints (etchings, with aquatint and hand colouring) and 32 text prints (photo etchings). They are divided into nine chapters, intended for sequential reading, like the text itself. Hence the combined work can be interpreted both as an artist’s book, and as a coherent body of work for exhibition.

The Universe Looks Down will be exhibited at the Noel Shaw Gallery in the Baillieu Library at Melbourne University, from 23 August 2018 to 17 February 2019, along with the artist’s sketchbooks and studio material included in the commission.

The suite is an edition of six, with two sets of Artist’s Proofs and two sets of Printer’s Proofs.

Full sets are available for sale, together with a limited number of the individual prints.