October 1998

Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1998
10.7 x 7.8cm, 4pp artist's card printed black on white with a line drawing by Gary Hincks of a rudder. Internally there is a Finlay poem:

sanding a rudder
sawing a rudder
painting a rudder
patching a rudder
sealing a rudder
shipping a rudder
writing a rudder

The poem touches on all aspects of how a rudder might be made - that is, the way in which the unmade wood is guided into being a rudder. And at the end the final line refers to the foregoing - how to describe (write about /textually guide the way it is made) eight lines. Very self-referential. This work is dedicated by Finlay to Graham Rich and Ian Stephen, two friends who made much of their work about the sea and boats. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1998
22.5 x 12.4cm, 2pp artist postcard with an abstract painting by Gary Hincks of a rudder with the pintles very apparent- the outer shape of the rudder shown in dashed lines. The wooden strappings (which add strength to the structure) are coloured and more apparent. Those strappings not only guide the wood on the rudder (in themselves causing directionality like the rudder) but also a maze like image where any path is guided by the blue bars. A visual self-reference. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1998
12.7 x 22.6cm, 2pp artist postcard with an abstract painting by Gary Hincks of a Coble - a flat-bottomed fishing boat. The name Coble sounds very much like cobble and both share a characteristic of being roughly made and placed next to each other to form a shape (this is how a Coble hull is made - lengths of wood overlapping - which is shown in the painting with the red and blue stripes". VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1998
10 x 15cm, 2pp artist postcard with a colour photograph by Pia Maria Simig (PMS) of one of Finlay's boat models. On the back the card reads:
MFV
iHF, PMS
WHP
Obviously the names of model maker and photographer and the publisher are abbreviated and so is "Motor Fishing Vessel". Finlay obviously enjoying the game of every aspect of the card being reduced to capital letters. VG+.

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