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Planted
       
     
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Planted Edition
       
     
Planted Edition
       
     
Our Lady of the Lawn
       
     
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Our Lady of the Lawn
       
     
Nan
       
     
Nan
       
     
Nan
       
     
Knot
       
     
Knot
       
     
Knot
       
     
Unseen
       
     
Unseen
       
     
Unseen
       
     
Poule Aye
       
     
Poule Aye
       
     
Poule Aye
       
     
Rosenwald
       
     
Rosenwald
       
     
Rosenwald
       
     
Storm Sequence
       
     
Storm Sequence
       
     
Storm Sequence
       
     
Planted
       
     
Planted

Planted features an original essay discussing the connection of gardening to ancestral legacies. Mono-prints of plants from my and my mother’s garden are featured in this bookwork. The portfolio cover on the edition features a photo from my mother’s garden and the lace paper folio simulates garden gates.

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Planted

I’m always happy to visit gardens and am intrigued whenever passing by a gated garden – especially those that offer just a glimpse. These private spaces feed the imagination. The crocheted cover on the deluxe copy simulate these walled garden gates.

 

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Planted
       
     
Planted

Size: 11”H x 9.5” W x 1”D

Media: Cotton, thread, cloth, paper, plant material (pittosporum, rosa, loropetalum, hydrangea, maple, oak), toner, ink

Structure: Crocheted doily with cloth triptych signature of sewn dried plants and paper triptych of monoprints contained in custom clam shell box

Unique - Deluxe

Planted Edition
       
     
Planted Edition
Planted Edition
       
     
Planted Edition
Planted Edition
       
     
Planted Edition

Size: 8”H x 6” W x 0.5”D

Media: Lace paper, cotton paper, toner, ink

Structure: Lace paper folder with folded paper signature and 3 loose leafs contained in portfolio

Edition of 4

Our Lady of the Lawn
       
     
Our Lady of the Lawn

Our Lady takes its form from the homemade shrines found in homes throughout southern Louisiana where Madonna statues grace many lawns and are a sign of devotion.

Our Lady of the Lawn (detail)
       
     
Our Lady of the Lawn (detail)

Size: 8” W x 10”

Media: Wood, cotton thread, organza, beads (Job's Tears), wire, dried plants, graphite, metal, pigment print.

Structure: Modified Pamphlet on rods

Unique

Our Lady of the Lawn
       
     
Our Lady of the Lawn

Size: 8” W x 10”

Media: Wood, cotton thread, orgnza, beads, wire, dried plants, graphite, metal, pigment print.

Structure: Modified Pamphlet on rods

Unique

Nan
       
     
Nan
Nan
       
     
Nan

Imagine cleaning a closet and finding an unmarked box. It has a little weight to it and one can only guess what may lie within. Nan is constructed of handmade sugar cane paper and digital image transfers. It offers a glimpse of a “who” from long ago.

Nan
       
     
Nan

Size: 9” W x 6”x 4”

Media: Handmade sugarcane paper, cotton

Structure: Accordian with sutured cloth hinges, leather covers.

Unique

Knot
       
     
Knot
Knot
       
     
Knot

Size: 4” W x 6” x 1”

Media: Graphite, paper, thread

Structure: Pamphlet

Unique

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Knot
Unseen
       
     
Unseen
Unseen
       
     
Unseen

Unseen features layers of trace monoprints and a unique poem about invisibility.

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Unseen

Edition of 3

Poule Aye
       
     
Poule Aye

Poule Aye examines the impact a sense of place has on one’s identity. More than just saying where a someone is “from”, it looks at how place and time influence the formation of attitudes, personal beliefs, and actions.

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Poule Aye

The story presented in this bookwork is based on comprehensive interviews held with my dad. Poule Aye consists of one page, part of which is folded to form a “shotgun” style sharecropper’s home and part of which contains a “field” of text. A backyard chicken coop and be viewed through the front door when the book is open.

Poule Aye
       
     
Poule Aye

Size: 5.5” W x 7.5”

Media: Cedar, rayon paper, chicken wire, handmade fig leaf paper, Larroque Aquarelle watercolor paper, nail

Structure: Accordion with tunnel

Edition: 4

Rosenwald
       
     
Rosenwald

From 1912 to 1932, the Julius Rosenwald Fund provided matching grants to African American communities in the South, for the purpose of building schools. Rosenwald tells the story of the importance that two such schools played in the lives of a family living in southern Louisiana. Told as a snapshot, the book recalls a story of hardship, determination and triumph.

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Rosenwald

During a trip to my parent’s hometown in Louisiana, I passed by the spot where a gas station once stood. The story begins as I remember looking out across the street from the station years ago in that same spot, gazing at the school across the street. The image of the school sparks a flood of memories of family stories spanning two generations and is told in one sentence.  The main character in the story is my aunt Vie, who was a teacher and then a librarian for the schools. While researching material for this book, I learned about the important role the Rosenwald schools played in the education of African Americans in the South in the early 20th century. I intended the book to be in a form that would allow it to be read by either unfolding it bit by bit to reveal the story, or hung on a wall and viewed in total.

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Rosenwald

Size: 7”H x 12-1/4” x 2” (closed); 50”H (open)

Media: Linen (bookcloth), silk satin, silk organza, silk and cotton thread, glass, Bertini paper, Johannot papersilk tissue, linen book tape, graphite, oak

Structure: Sewn pamphlet with envelope wrap cover

Edition: 3

Storm Sequence
       
     
Storm Sequence

Katrina non-withstanding, Louisiana weather history is fraught with floods, tornadoes, hurricanes and other violent storms causing much damage and loss of life. Modern technology can offer little protection for those caught in them.

Storm Sequence
       
     
Storm Sequence

This book outlines the spirit of a ritual that my aunt would perform when the weather turned ugly. On an approaching storm, all would be called inside and though natives would consider the ritual a normal occurrence giving it little attention, being a visitor, I considered it to be a dramatic performance. Years later, I learned that my aunt was not alone in performing the Storm Sequence - it was practiced in some form by many in Pointe Coupee parish and possibly(probably) beyond. More recently, my aunt informed me that she still performs the sequence, though in an abbreviated format.

The book is loosely patterned after the homemade shrines observed in some of my relatives homes. The numbers on the inside of the doors are years of documented significant damage caused by storms in the area.

Storm Sequence
       
     
Storm Sequence

Size: 12.75” H x 9.25” x 1.75”

Media: Wood, bookboard, commercial papers, synthetic plaster, screws, glass, acrylic, oil

Structure: Accordion enclosed in frame with hinged doors

Edition: 5 + 1AP