Nights of Poor Sleep
Rachael Allen and Marie Jacotey
Nights of Poor Sleep is a collaborative publication from poet Rachael Allen and artist Marie Jacotey. Published to coincide with Jacotey’s solo exhibition ‘Morning Defeats’ at Hannah Barry Gallery, the book is an extended series of responses and engagements between the two artists’ work, showing a critical and creative engagement between the interconnected forms and processes of painting and writing poetry.
Treating image and text with equal weight, and illustrating how one informs and builds upon the other, Nights of Poor Sleep plays with traditional formats and contexts of reading/viewing, offering a fascinating and illuminating insight into the work of two of the most exciting young female artists.
Published in a limited edition run, and beautifully designed by Traven T. Croves, the book continues and expands Test Centre’s engagement with interdisciplinary poetic practices and commitment to experimentation in poetry publishing.
Nights of Poor Sleep is supported by Arts Council England, as the first publication in Test Centre’s ACE-funded project exploring the interaction of poetry and visual art.
Rachael Allen is the poetry editor for Granta, co-editor at the poetry press Clinic and of online journal Tender. A pamphlet of her poems was published as part of the Faber New Poets scheme, and her first collection will be published by Faber in 2019. She is the co-author of Jolene, a collaborative book of poems and photographs with the artist Guy Gormley. She is currently studying for a PhD at the University of Hull.
Marie Jacotey graduated with an MA in Printmaking from the Royal College of Art, London in 2013 after completing a DNSAD in 2011 from École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. Her work draws inspiration from the gathering of people together, the expression of emotions in their many and varied interactions and the contexts and details in which these engagements take place. Her works make use of perspectives that reference the world of cinema and slo-mo, the photographer’s point and shoot, identifying an artist who has come of age in the smartphone world. Recent solo exhibitions include those at McQueen Project Space, London (2016), Francis Carrette Galerie, Brussels (2016), Hannah Barry Gallery, London (2015 and 2014), Robert Blumenthal Gallery, Hamptons, NY (2015), Heike Moras Art, London (2015), and Galerie du CROUS, Paris (2013). In 2014, her work was included in Bloomberg New Contemporaries. Her work can be found in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, and she is represented by Hannah Barry Gallery, London.
£15 + p&p. 285 x 220mm; 40pp (28pp colour + 12pp b&w), with 27 colour images
300 numbered copies
Offset printed, saddle stitched, with loose foil-blocked folded card cover
Designed by Traven T. Croves
Printed by Pressision, Leeds