The books look and blue make up a small series which explores the uses and idiosyncrasies of single words. The series creates a space for considering more closely, familiar features of our language which are often not given the time to be observed and enjoyed. Each book takes the time to luxuriate in small provocations about language—when is a look no longer a look, but a glance? What exactly turns a look into a stare? How scathing or focused does that stare need to be before it becomes a glare? And then what exactly is needed to distinguish looking from watching, squinting, peeking, glimpsing, seeing or noticing?
The books work as visual narratives. They use a small collection of Australian literature which have undergone processes of text analysis, to provide evidence for a series of observations about the delightful nuances which exist in a single word.