Size: 7” H x 9.5” x 4.5”
Media: Paper, Leather, synthetic hair
Structure: Altered book with crocheted edges
Edition: 4 unique styles
Edges is based on African/African ancestry braided hairstyles. Each book features a different “style.” The pieces were created during a time when there was much political dialog on the national, state and local level concerning (illegal) immigration. Often the dialog took an underlying tone of intolerance and had little to do with immigration status. The tones of intolerance (which were cross-cultural), reminded me of growing up in the 60’s and 70’s during integration. The hair treatment symbolizes how much activity, creativity and life happens on the “edges” of mainstream society, regardless of whether or not it is recognized.
Cotton Heritage features an essay discussing the connection of gardening to ancestral legacies.
Size: 8”H x 6” x 0.5”
Media: Cotton plant, bronze, silk thread, cloth, watercolors, paper, ink, toner, plants (various), silk
Structure: Clam shell box containing cotton plant with bronze electroplate stem, one paper signature with text, one cloth accordion with pockets laminated (sewn) with plants. Pockets contain cards featuring watercolors and text.
Fading garden is constructed from plant material gathered from five family gardens. The delicacy of the paper corresponds to the time in which the plants were gathered – a time of the summer’s waning when spring budding plants have given their all and gardens begin to fade in preparation for the next season.
The structure is both quilt and book.
Size: 51"W x 74"H
Media: Handmade paper (cotton, sugarcane, fig, kozo), plant inclusions (herbs, flowers), rayon paper, cotton printmaking paper, graphite, inkjet transfer, marker
Structure: Five accordion books (overlapped to form a quilt)
Earth provides exterior, or outward appearance and interior views of a body (corpus) and bearer. Timing is planned so that movement through the book is slowed once the interior is reached.
This bookwork features stories about outward appearance of the physical body and those garnered through the senses, experience, and thought. Various scans are presented throughout.
Size: 8” H x 9.25”
Media: Cotton muslin, cheesecloth, human hair, coconut bark paper, thread, buttons, batting, wire, tooth fragment, ribbon. Edition of 4
Structure: Modified French Door
Emergence is a book about examining truths in order to develop self-truths. The book consists of 3 pieces – Litany, a series of sayings that my sisters and I heard while growing up; Candle, containing an embedded medallion of St. Michael the Archangel; Election, a symbolic culmination – all relating to my family which hails from rural southern Louisiana.
Size: 14.5” W x 7” x 3.5”
Media: Magnani pescia and Tengucho white commercial papers, handmade gampi and fig leaf papers, wood, beeswax, metal, linen, Plexiglas, ribbon, foam core
Structure: Two accordion books, candle, candle stand, inside wooden box with sliding plexiglass lid
Essentia is a bookwork consisting of 9 pages of handmade paper with human hair inclusions. Each page features an abstracted cameo created by removing pulp in selected areas.
In Essentia, the intent is to present aspects of identity (who) by separating or removing the physicality (what).
Size: 8” W x 10” each sheet
Media: Handmade paper (cotton), human hair
Structure: 9 Single Sheets
Physically and metaphorically, skin functions as a protective covering and plays a significant role in identity. Integument examines various meanings that can be contained in our skins. The front side of the accordion contains layers discussing the science of skin and how its topography has the potential to evoke memory.
There remains a barrier between “public” skin and “private” skin – that is, the division of scientific knowledge of the events that lead to a mark and what an individual thinks, remembers or concludes based on events that surround the mark. The reverse side of the accordion offers an example of the layers of meaning that can occur in an individual response.
Size: 4.75 H x 5” x 1.25”
Media: Handmade papers – subai, mitsumata, gampi, sugar cane, fig leaf, rice, straw, and flax; commercial rayon paper; cotton muslin; leather; thread.
Structure: Accordian with sutured cloth hinges, leather covers.