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Entry for the 10th Baker & Whitehill Student Artists' Book Contest. Opening Reception Thursday, February 29th, 2024 Fleet Library, Main Reading Room. Juror: Ian Cozzens BArch 05.


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Student Status

Graduate student

Year of Graduation




Faculty / Course

Independent Study Dylan DeWitt

Materials + Techniques

Tunnel Book, Mixed Media

Student Narrative

This tale originated from an imaginative narrative called "Queen Reine and Her Mortal Soup," inspired by the inhabitants of the small mammal house at the Washington D.C. Smithsonian Zoo. These mammals, categorised as critically endangered, became the foundation of my story. It revolves around Queen Reine, an emperor tamarin, who gathers endangered mammals and shelters them in the underground sewage system of New York City. However, a twist emerges when Queen Reine expresses a desire to savour the human cuisine of New York.

The narrative unfolds in a non-linear fashion, exploring the intricate relationship between form of the book and the narrative structure. Queen Reine's journey, from the underground sanctuary to the bustling streets of New York, is portrayed through a unique narrative structure that adds depth and complexity to the tale. The story delves into the challenges faced by endangered mammals, the curious interactions between different species, and the unexpected desires that can arise in the most unlikely places. Through this non-linear approach, the story takes on a dynamic and thought-provoking quality, inviting readers to consider the interconnectedness of all living beings in an ever-evolving urban landscape.

Queen Reine and her Mortal soup



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