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artists' books, text messages, memory, nostalgia, vulnerability, figures, couples, student artists' book contest, fourth
Book and Paper
Year of Graduation
Film / Animation / Video
Faculty / Course
Judy Sue Goodwin-Sturges, The Artist's Book
Materials + Techniques
Laser printed copy paper, fabric, plastic figures painted with acrylic, corrugated cardboard box, transferred text
The book "Two Years" contains two years of messages between my boyfriend and me. The messages are from October 20th 2015 (the date of our first text interaction) to October 20th 2017, two years later, and are printed on standard 81/2"x 11" printer paper, with a square cutaway for the first 100 pages that contains small figures of me and my boyfriend depicted in our underwear. I made this book as an exploration of the nature of memory and nostalgia, as well as vulnerability. The text messages function both as old-timey love notes and also a public airing of dirty laundry. However, the main goal for this piece was to make digital messages tangible. The scale of the messages dwarfs the two figures, illustrating the sheer volume of digital data a relationship creates. This comparison is at once daunting, and a reminder of the time we've shared, as our figures are undressed and nested in the pages.
Mariah Bennett, MDes Interior Architecture, 2018
Love, Frances; Library, Fleet; and Collections, Special, "Two Years" (2017). 4th Student Artists' Book Contest 2018. 19.