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HONORABLE MENTION | $100 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.


artists' books; Baker & Whitehill; Honorable Mention


Book and Paper

Student Status

Undergraduate student

Year of Graduation




Faculty / Course

Leela Corman, Visual Thinking

Materials + Techniques

gouache, colored pencil, muslin, Mylar, thread

Student Narrative

I was inspired to create this artist's book for a poem I wrote called "Limbo". In this poem I am reflecting on the changing landscape in the backyard of the house I grew up in. Over the years the invasive emerald ash borer has killed all of the ash trees that lived there. Now empty patches of sky replace the lush greenery that canopied the environment I spent so much time in as a kid. This shift underscores the uncanny feeling of returning home for a visit after a semester at school and feeling out of place. With this book I am coming to terms with how everything, from the people to the community to the nature, continues to move, grow, or even die when I'm away. I used the transparency of the Mylar to tell the narrative of the ash borer simultaneously with illustrations of growing up and leaving home behind. In this way I become the tree infected by the invasive insect.

Photo Credit

Miles Tong 2025 FAV




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