Jerome’s Study

by Max Porter & Catrin Morgan


We are excited to announce the publication of Jerome’s Study, a collaboration between prize-winning author Max Porter and artist Catrin Morgan. The third publication in our ekphrastic series, the book explores the ways in which literary and visual art forms respond to and translate other works of art.

The collaboration evolved from Catrin’s series of isomorphic translations of Renaissance paintings of Saint Jerome, most often depicted at work in his study. Catrin invited Max to respond to her images, and his texts became the flesh to be re-inserted into the empty architectural environments of her art-historical spaces.

According to Max, ‘The idea was that they would be pan-historical, somewhere between polluted wall texts, hoax footnotes and the real (bodily) contemplations of a troubled theologian in a small space, battling myth and symbols and the small array of objects – real and imaginary – before and behind him. Cat asked me to spill over her clean lines, so the work is sometimes vulgar, sometimes kitsch (he is a saint, after all), but more often than not tragic, or pitiful. Men alone in boxes telling stories usually are.’

Jerome’s Study explores what happens when we observe and study pieces of art; how we depict and translate our impression of something, and the stories and preoccupations that emerge when we spend time with another work of art.

The book itself, beautifully designed and hand-assembled by Catrin, opens up and expands the possibilities inherent in the original collaboration, so that the radically engineered book itself is as important as the images and the text. As Max says, ‘This is what makes Jerome tick.’

£15 + p&p; 140 x 180mm; 28pp; 500 copies
Two-section pamphlet with folded cover; images + text, incl. 6 b&w photos
Binding: staples + black elastic
Section one: four-colour litho; section two: single-colour litho with fluorescent yellow tip-ins
Printed by Musumeci, Italy
Designed by Catrin Morgan
ISBN: 978-0-9935693-9-5

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Jerome’s Study will be launched on Friday 16 November at the Royal College of Art, following the symposium “Where’s SARDINES?”: art and poetry in conversation.

There will be readings from Rachael Allen, Laura Elliott, Will Harris and Max Porter.

7pm, Friday 16 November

Royal College of Art, Darwin Building, Courtyard Gallery 1, Jay Mews, South Kensington, London SW7 2EU

About the authors

Max Porter is the author of Grief is the Thing with Feathers (2015) and Lanny (2019).

Catrin Morgan is an illustrator, artist and designer whose practice is concerned with mathematical, architectural and theoretical systems. In 2017 she was invited to produce a limited edition artist’s book, Studies for Studies, at Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York, which became the starting point for this collaboration.

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