Rough & Cut

@ Varney, Abigail



Presentation by Trespasser Books:

Rough & Cut documents Abigail Varney's journeys to a place in central Australia called Coober Pedy. The town owes its existence to the discovery of opal seams in 1915, an iridescent gemstone that formed from water that once covered the desert landscape.

This precious opal has been mined through a series of booms and busts, almost into oblivion. Beyond the mullock heaps and away from the sun's searing heat lies underground dugouts inhabited by Coober Pedy's remaining miners, still dreaming of one last opal-rich strike.

Keeping the idiosyncrasies of the town's personality alive and well, Varney's encounters are an insight into the characters that call this place a forever home. Captured are the remnants of this magnetic, surreal landscape shaped by its extremities. "

68 pages - Hardcover

Trespasser Books, 2022 (750 copies)

Format : 25.4 x 31.7 cm

New - Mint condition


Varney, Abigail

Abigail Varney is an Australian visual artist and photographer, member of the Oculi collective. Her long-term documentary project "Rough & Cut" about the discovery and mining of opals in Coober Pedy in the center of Australia was published in 2022 by Trespasser Books. © Portrait taken from the artist's website
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