Download Full Text (2.4 MB)

Publication Date



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

Student Status

Undergraduate student

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

Student Narrative

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.

Only Shades of Red



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.