Mike Clements

Artist’s Book, archival inks



Imaginary new road signs that governments might have used to create public awareness of restrictions imposed during Covid-19 lockdown: circuit breaker; Covid-19 virus; and tiers.


The UK government was, we were told, led by the scientific evidence when deciding on the restrictions. So these road signs recall some of the best ideas of our doctors, scientists and epidemiologists.


This is a simple yet surprisingly complex structure for an artist’s book. Concertina books are commonplace but invariably irregular. I needed something to fit into the petri dish. Hence the use of a form of the concertina that folds into a roughly circular shape. When the petri dish is opened, the structure springs up into an approximately helix form. The petri dish is held closed by a medical tourniquet.



Mike Clements is a fine art printmaker and book artist working in Hertfordshire. His ideas come from close observation of the world around him, often focusing on quirky aspects of life. Mike demonstrates and sells his artist’s books regularly at artist’s book fairs, including The Small Publishers Fair, London; and at the Bristol, Manchester and Liverpool artist’s book events.


Mike’s artist’s books are in public and private collections in Europe, Australia and North America, including the Tate Gallery London, Yale Centre for British Art and Glasgow, Manchester, Metropolitan, UWE & Oxford Brookes Universities, and Arts University Bournemouth.


2021 exhibitions include a solo show “Jiggery-Pokery” at TOD Gallery; “The Herbarium” for World Book Night 2021 at UWE Bristol; the “Open Fragment” online exhibition; and the “Restriction” exhibition curated by Correspondence Collective.


2020 exhibitions included Poetry Bookshop, Bishops Castle, and online shows after the national lockdown. Before that my artist’s books and prints were at Whitney Court, Hertfordshire; “Turn the Page” artist’s book fair in Norwich; Marches Makers Festival; the Bristol Artists’ Book Event; the Small Publishers’ Fair, London; “Frankenstein Now” at Liverpool Central Library and Knowsley Gallery; and “60 years in a box” exhibition at the Hereford Archive and Record Centre. Other exhibitions: The Sidney Nolan Trust; “Personal Memories” at Redland Museum, Queensland, Australia; “Encyclopaedia Britannica Challenge” at Harrow Old School Gallery; “The Contemporary Portrait: Self & Others” at The Shire Hall, Stafford; “Animalia” at Il Bosonte, Florence; and “Locating Boccaccio” at the John Rylands Library, Manchester.





Covid Road Signs

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  • All petri dishes will not be released for shipping until after the Petri Dish Project physical exhibition. If you would like it before then please contact tebbsgallery@gmail.com for arrangements.