GIFT: I Made This For You by Sarah Bodman

A book inspired by the Angel of Bremen, produced to resemble the type of pamphlet publication / recipe book given away with newly purchased gas cookers in the 1940s-50s. It contains 14 'recipes' for 15 people. Each of the dishes was cooked and photographed by the artist in the same sequence that the original dishes were prepared. GIFT in the English language means a present, it is also the German word for poison.

Artist Bio

Sarah Bodman's books explore the darker side of nature and human nature. They appear beautiful in order to lead the viewer into the underlying meeting point between the opposites of tenderness and cruelty. Some books include: 'Viola' the story of a serial killer baker; 'Closure' the end of an affair between a plane spotter and flower arranger, and 'How Do I Love Thee', a collaboration with JP Willis. Her new book 'Gift: I made this for you' is about the 'Angel of Bremen'. Sarah is an artist and researcher at the Centre for Fine Print Research, UWE, Bristol, UK. Sarah is also Programme Leader for the MA Multidisciplinary Printmaking course at UWE. She is the editor of the Artist's Book Yearbook reference publication, the Book Arts Newsletter and The Blue Notebook journal for artists' books. Sarah also writes a regular column on artists' books for a_n, ARLIS and Printmaking Today.