My life unfolds first appeared as an artist's book in 2012, before being editioned in a paperback version in 2016. The original is a Chinese accordion style book which the artist has painted from first page to last.
"This autobiography is visual rather than verbal so there is no text to explain the images. I chose to depict only certain intense periods in my history, re-creations rather than souvenirs, of emotions which are still present for me even if chronologically in the past."
The artist painted each opening of the accordion-fold book, using the folds and openings to contribute to the intensity and movement of the autobiography: "I thought of walls, ancient murals, and decided to coat the flimsy paper with rough gesso."
"To create a fresco-like impression, I used the monoprinting technique: rolling up with oil-based inks innumerable small stencils I had drawn and cut out of thin card, positioning one at a time on each narrow panel and hand-printing them by the wooden spoon method since the blank bound book couldn't be taken apart."
Later the unique book was editioned in a paperback version, published in 2016.
Natalie d'Arbeloff was raised in South America, USA and Europe, residing in London since 1963. Her father was Russian, her mother French. Her alter ego is the cartoon character Augustine. Her blog is Blaugustine . Her art education was in Paris, New York, San Miguel Allende, Mexico and London. She is a painter and book artist. My Life Unfolds is £22 plus p+p endapressATblueyonderDOTcoDOTuk