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Entry for the 9th Annual Baker & Whitehill Student Artists' Book Contest. Opening Reception Thursday, March 02, 2023, Fleet Library, Main Reading Room. Juror: Andre Lee Bassuet.
artists' books; Baker & Whitehill
Book and Paper
Year of Graduation
Experimental and Foundation Studies
Faculty / Course
Martie Holmer, EFS Design Studio
Materials + Techniques
vinyl, red cotton-based paper, bristol paper, Gorilla Glue, gouache - laser and hand-cut
Inspired by personal struggles with image due to my acne, I wanted to write a poem that changes in meaning the more phrases you take away, while still reading as a cohesive narrative - just like a real face going through a similar process. Each line is written on a blotch and, as you flip, removing clusters of them, self-affirming verses turn to self-deprecation, disgust, and then, finally, shallow echoes of popular beauty standards. Adding to the central themes are the appearances of the oily vinyl and leaking Gorilla Glue, imperfections mimicking skin coexisting with the art.
Casa, Ally; Collections, Special; and Library, Fleet, "Only Shades of Red" (2022). 9th Baker & Whitehill Student Artists' Book Contest 2023. 1.