This is a Dagger was started in January 2016 and finished in September 2019. The final work contains 300 collages [plus numerous out-takes, drafts, and alternatives]. A first printing of the final, collected work is available as an art book in an edition of 26. This printing inverts the pages to make them printable with the resources from which their component parts originated; a standard office MFP. My aim it to eventually be able to print the entirety of This is a Dagger was it was originally envisaged; as 210 by 210mm images printed white on black backgrounds.

This is a Dagger is presented in three sections, each consisting of 100 collages. These three acts share a visual language and deal thematically with hauntology, absence, forgetting, and physicality. They are equally thematically distinct in that each has a primary topic; The Changeling discusses the nature and failure of 'history', The White Devil explores how physicality and the body can be abstracted, and Macbeth is about mental illness and isolation.

Below are ten extracts from each section. If you would like to purchase a copy of This is a Dagger's first printing, contact me for details; each copy is £15, printed on recycled paper, bound with textured card, binding screws, and duct tape, and lettered A-Z.

© 2019 by JD Howse