20 × 15 × 1 in
Every mark is a thought. Every colour is a memory. England is about the obsessive yearnings and anxieties of the immigrant and the exile, thoughts about the land longed for and the land left behind. The book is about the sound of language to the immigrant’s ear and that stretch of time before words become comprehensible. Using the symbolic language of mapping – graphs, dots, lines – the book is a personal meditation on England, its violent history, its weather, its green landscape, its islandness, and xenophobia.
The book is about the hope and the reality of the promised land, the isolation of the immigrant, and the uneasy isolationism of an island nation. It is also an intimate summing up of two decades of the artist’s life in England and a question mark about the island’s future identity. England is a limited edition casebound book painted and illustrated on the pages of an old atlas of Great Britain.