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African American, artists' books, black in art, color in art, Blacks, race identity, african American women artists, COVID-19, poetry, pandemic, By Hand: Women & Books Exhibit 2021


1 volume (8 unnumbered pages) : color illustrations ; in box 11.5 x 12.5 x 12.5 cm. Unique book. Artist's statement: Black, the sum of all colors, mysterious, all-encompassing, a shroud, a swarm. Familiar but unknowable, coveted and uncontained. This book work considers the encompassing nature of blackness. Box containing painted cube surrounded by four flaps featuring single signature books. Each stitched cover opens to reveal a poem about the color black. Media: Book cloth, book board, paper, acrylic paint, graphite, glass, embroidery thread, silk, watercolor, graphite. "Created while watching spring bloom and events unfold during COVID-19."--artist's website. Curated title for Fleet Library Special Collections exhibition By Hand: Women & Books Exhibit fall, 2021.

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[Dallas, Texas] : [A Bee Press], 2020.


©Banks, Alisa. Dallas, TX: A Bee Press, 2020

Materials / Techniques

folded books; board books; embroidery (visual works); paper


11.5 x 12.5 x 12.5 cm

Black is every color



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