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Jackie Batey: BATTERED 

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95mm x 215mm with 22 printed, folded pages.

Yellow fly-leaf and endpaper with maker's emboss.

Japanese account book style binding in red silk thread with PVC tablecloth covers.

Book packaged in white food bag printed with an original 2-colour lino print.

Each book comes with its own Mermaid Chip Fork and Miracle Fish.


Limited edition of 20, each copy is numbered and signed.

Made in Brighton in October 2009.


This book has a dual message; on one hand it’s a celebration of British chips but on the other

it’s a lament to the declining cod stocks. The book is called Battered to reflect these two sides,

both the cooking and the over-fishing. The Atlantic cod is a fish in crisis, stocks have suffered

heavily from overfishing on both sides of the Atlantic. All stocks are classified as being overfished

or at risk of being harvested unsustainably.


The sequence of pages through the book shows images of a packet of chips being eaten, next to

an image of slowly disappearing cod. The reverse pages show photographs taken over a number of

years in the U.K., Gibraltar and Spain of chip chop advertising boards or 'A' boards. The book is

covered in a yellow check PVC tablecloth bound in the style of a Japanese account book - the pages

are folded at the leading edge. The book is presented in a white chip shop bag that's been printed with

a 2-colour lino of the title of the book. Each book holds within its pages a Mermaid Chip Fork and

Miracle Fish.


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