The Journey of Things by Magdalene Odundo was published alongside the exhibition of the same name presented at The Hepworth Wakefield in Spring 2019. The book features 44 of Odundo’s vessels alongside a large selection of historic and contemporary objects that reveal the wide range of global references that have informed her practice. The book object comprises a series of interleaved sections presenting an organic flow of content which pairs and juxtaposes the historic and the contemporary, featuring works by Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Lucie Rie, Jean Arp, as well as ancient vessels from Greece and Egypt, historic ceramics from Africa, Asia and Central America, and ritual objects from across the African continent.
The design of the book presents a clear dichotomy between two design approaches. The first is an image driven presentation of the artists work in collaboration with photographer Marvin Leuvrey, in which the works appear on an eclectic backdrop off materials and surfaces. The images are printed on carton board in a material reference to postcards. The second refers to classical museum catalogues of the past, printed mainly in grayscale with a historic approach to layout and captioning.