Imi Maufe has been turning journeys into books since 2002. Some long, some short. Others short, made long by getting lost. Modes of travel vary – ten days skiing from hut to hut, five weeks on board a Tall Ship, four months cycling with a small tent, or a short swim downstream. Her artist books are concise, conceptual documentations of the events that happened along the way. Text combined with signs and symbols is used in a minimal manner. Sometimes the text speaks for itself conjuring up a visual story in short sentences.
Imi’s books and other works attempt to show just a glimpse of her experiences through printed matter that rarely uses the photographic image. In this exhibition for Edinburgh Printmakers, Imi will be showing work from the past fifteen years – a collection of such travels that have been developing into contained boxed pieces that can also involve collaboration with other artists.
Imi has spent three weeks at EP to print a body of new work, investigating new journeys through screenprints.
An alternative catalogue is being produced in collaboration with thirty artists and friends who Imi has worked with, travelled with or been inspired by. Each collaborator has contributed with a postcard that translates their travels.
Imi Maufe is a British Artist based in Bergen, Norway. She completed a MA in Multi-disciplinary Printmaking at The University of the West of England, Bristol in 2004. Imi frequently exhibits at book fairs, rarely has solo exhibitions, takes up residence in often rural and remote locations, and likes to initiate collaborations. In 2014 she helped established Codex Polaris – a network for artists’ book projects based in Norway. The latest project - Nordic Letterpress Collaboration - POSTED / UNPOSTED has just been launched.