‘In this work, John McLean has taken a further imaginative step into a surreal dream-world.’
Strange and mythical scenes emerge in pictures and in words in John McLean’s latest book The Farmer’s Wife and The Farmer.
The story is simultaneously rooted in the landscape of Taranaki and unfixed, existing outside of place and time - in a primeval world steeped in lore. The characters which inhabit this world are momentous - all bulk and pointy features. Enveloped within an often savage and suffocating landscape they appear as carved giants; a reflection of their desire yet inability to transcend expectations.
This is a story of duality and tension, where the common and everyday is set alongside the mythical and prodigious. And a story of Va, the space between people and places that both separates and connects us.
Haunted by the characters he had depicted after completing the series, McLean was compelled to tell their stories. The result is a quintessential New Zealand adult fable, unique in the genre.
260 x 240 mm, portrait, paperback with flaps, 240 pages, colour, illustrated. ISBN: 978-0-9876646-3-1.
$55.00 plus P&P