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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
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Year of Graduation
Faculty / Course
Co-made for Rachel Berwick, Alchemy and Bethany Johns, Thesis I
Materials + Techniques
Leather Bound, cord sewn book with gold leafing, and hand painted/digitally printed illuminations.
Black gold is an alchemical text and compilation of essays, readings and images exploring the commodification of black bodies through art history. Starting with Rembrandts Africans and moving through time to the present rise of blackface in digital avatars, the book compresses time and style as a form of commentary on the ubiquity of the practice of black commodification. In a nod to its alchemical references, the book contains hand mix gold pigments, applied to pages in the form of illuminations.
Hannah Nigro, PH 2025
Oughton, Jenni; Collections, Special; and Library, Fleet, "Black Gold" (2022). 9th Baker & Whitehill Student Artists' Book Contest 2023. 63.