This Just In: Acquisitions from the Women’s Studio Workshop

Last month, Special Collections had the privilege of hosting Tana Kellner from the Women’s Studio Workshop. Tana brought with her a fantastic selection of artists’ books, or works of art realized in the form of a book, produced by WSW. The beautiful books that we acquired from this visit cover a range of topics including: environmentalism, scientific theory, incarceration, immigration, poetry, and language. The following descriptions represent only a small portion of our artists’ book collection. To see more about our artists’ book collections visit: University of Miami. Library. Special Collections. Artists’ Books Collection.

4, 3, 2, Cry by Kathy T. Hettinga, 2014

On the outside, 4 3 2 CRY mimics the condensate tanks along Colorado’s horizon, each book wrapped in drab book cloth with an actual aluminum NFPA hazard diamond riveted onto its cover. On the inside, 4 3 2 CRY‘s 48 pages are packed with visual and textual information: satellite maps, personal photographs, screenshots from websites, scrawled handwritten annotations, and technical text and narrative poetry are digitally juxtaposed to create rich surfaces and textures. Aerial maps of the drilled earth’s terrain create strikingly abstract, patterned compositions decoded by Kathy’s text. – description from Women’s Studio Workshop

Scientific Theories Once Widely Believed, Since Proven Wrong, by Alison Byrnes, 2013

This book features 10 images interpreting occasions when truth took a circuitous route. From Einstein’s Cosmological Constant, to Alchemy, to Geocentricism, and seven others, the screen prints are inspired by medieval illuminations and Mughal miniatures to encapsulate moments from the history of science using various narrative strategies. The book inverts the relationship between word and image, with written descriptions of each scientific theory accessible behind a gate-fold, enabling the images to take precedence. Silkscreen and digitally printed, bound in hard covers. – description from Women’s Studio Workshop

The Moon Has No Weather by Sarah Peters, 2013

“‘The Moon has no Weather’ … explores the moon as an archive of the entirety of its cosmic history … The Moon Has No Weather grew from an installation Sarah created at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts while she was experimenting with casting colanders: the resulting paper spheres looked like fragments of satellites or space junk. And her hand-marbled paper resembled the swirling surface of planets seen through telescopes. And there was a gorgeous 1885 book called The Moon Considered as a Planet, a World, and a Satellite. And a podcast about the moon having no weather–no changing atmosphere–to disrupt its atomic material, so that its surface acts as a preserved record of its history. The road was built, and the project was born.” – Women’s Studio Workshop 

Stories Behind Bars by Tona Wilson, 2010

“Stories Behind Bars was inspired by the author’s job as a Spanish interpreter in the US courts. It consists of four individually bound silkscreen printed booklets: in one, a young man is deported using video teleconferencing, another gives some brief history of immigration detention, and all tell stories of immigrants in U.S. prisons and jails. The stories give the reader an insight into the complex issues surrounding the immigration debate. The four separate pamphlets are housed in a slipcase with a barred window. Silkscreen printed.” – Women’s Studio Workshop 

Transatlantic Balderdash by Ann Kalmbach and Tatana Kellner, 2010

“Transatlantic Balderdash is a series of cards, not unlike flash cards, that feature the ‘big words’ used in Errors of the Amanuensis. The 25 words, from admonish to ultracrepidarian, are printed using a random selection from the over 3,000 type fonts available for KakeArt to use during their residency at the Hessischisse Landes Museum fur Industrie und Kultur in Darmstadt, Germany. The cards were shown to a group of Germans and Americans asking each group to define the word. On the back of each card are their responses and the correct definitions.” – Women’s Studio Workshop 

The Angel is My Watermark by Barbara Beisinghoff, 2009

“Inspired by Henry Miller’s story The Angel is My Watermark and a 17th century poem the Song of Paper by Father Imberdis, the artist meditates on the emancipation of the watermark. Handmade paper with rich texture, colorful etchings, embossings and silkscreened text accompany the elaborate watermarking process. Accordion bound in hard covers.” – Women’s Studio Workshop 

These books, along with the rest of our collections, can be viewed in our Reading Room.