Published in Overland Issue 232 Spring 2018 · Uncategorized Guest artist for Overland 232: Bella Li Bella Li Artist’s statement In the introduction to The Age of Collage, Silke Krohn writes: collage ‘is, above all, collecting, searching, or perhaps only finding’. The images in this issue of Overland are made from books and magazines about gardening, astronomy, crochet, the United States at the turn of the last century, Mexico, rockets, the history of photography in New Zealand, the Sydney Harbour Bridge. They were found in second-hand bookstores in Tokyo, Dunedin and Melbourne; on shelves, in crates, and wedged into perilous stacks. At home they are collected together with other books, many of which I searched for, too – also unknowingly. Each is a reminder of the frailty and perseverance of objects; that everything ages, goes in and out of style, is composed and recomposed, and recomposed again. That nothing lasts. That everything lasts, one way or another. It has been a privilege to contribute work to this issue, to respond to these four pieces of nonfiction and fiction. While reading and rereading them I had thoughts, in no particular order, of: water, cities, frames; motion, stillness, time travel; bodies, binaries, metamorphoses; death, roses and decay. – Bella Li Cover Artwork for essay ‘The bird you are holding’ Artwork for short story ‘How to disappear into yourself (in 8 steps)’ Artwork for short story ‘Dear Ophelia’ Artwork for short story ‘Nothing in the night’ Back cover Permission note: The base image for the collages for ‘The bird you are holding’ and the back cover is by Héctor García, courtesy of Fundación María and Héctor García. Read the rest of Overland 232 If you liked these artworks, buy the issue Or subscribe and receive four outstanding issues for a year Bella Li Bella Li is the author of Argosy (Vagabond Press, 2017) – a book of poetry, collage and photography – which won the 2018 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry and the 2018 NSW Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry. Her latest collection is Lost Lake (Vagabond Press, 2018), which has been shortlisted for the 2018 Queensland Literary Award for Poetry. More by Bella Li › Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of supporting writers, and publishing ideas and voices often excluded from other places. If you like this piece, or support Overland’s work in general, please subscribe or donate. Related articles & Essays 1 First published in Overland Issue 228 2 October 20233 October 2023 · Aboriginal Australia The use and abuse of History in the Voice referendum debate: an interview with Professor Gary Foley Gary Foley and Padraic Gibson I can see the failure of the referendum making a whole lot of Blackfellas sit up and think and realise again, what we realised back in ’67, that our best efforts to achieve our aims are always at our own behest, under our own control. A whole new generation of Black activists deciding hang on, to hell with the rest of them, let’s just focus on our own communities and start building up the strength of our own communities. 1 First published in Overland Issue 228 28 September 20233 October 2023 · Cartoons Ban cars from the city Sam Wallman Sam Wallman makes the case for closing the streets off one by one.