Deconstructing Elsie by Nava Atlas is an artist’s book taking a visual look at the dark side of the dairy industry and its relationship to patriarchy and mysogyny.
This limited edition artist’s book examines the issue of same-sex marriage through the lens of the past. The very arguments used to oppose interracial marriage in generations past have been recycled for use against same-sex marriage.
This limited edition book comments on the disconnect most people have, or choose to have, between meat and a live animal, taking the form of a mash-up of a 1931 USDA slaughter guide and a 1969 Better Homes and Gardens meat cookbook.
This artist’s book fancifully poses questions on writing and the writing life, with the replies derived from classic authors’ letters, journals, and autobiographies. Reaching back to answer contemporary questions with voices from literary history reveals the timeless concerns and challenges of writers, with a particular emphasis on these issues from a female perspective.
Sluts & Studs looks at the language of sexuality, and the contrasts between the female and male terminology via dictionary definitions. Seeing these terms in the context of iconic 1950s style imagery is a gentle yet jarring reminder that despite the so called ‘sexual revolution,’ the language of sexuality has not much changed, and is still largely a throwback to attitudes of the past.
This book is a variation on Sluts & Studs, with the vintage images showing amorous couples instead of the single male/female images of the previous book, but using the same language and dictionary definitions. The fact that the men and women are enjoying the same activity makes the intransigent labels and (persistent) double standard all the more baffling.
In this artist’s book, images of Hillary Clinton appropriated from news articles are teamed with brief comments from news sources, from blogs to mainstream newspapers and magazines. Why did media feel justified in getting so personal, going so far beyond issues and even personality?
Juxtaposing images of hand model ads from the 1940s and 1950s with “advertorial” snippets from 2008 women’s magazines, the implications still seem to be, according to the bland, world of women’s print media, that the main purpose of women’s hands is still to cook, clean, polish, wash, do needlework, and shop.
This oven mitt-shaped book juxtaposes images of a vintage cookbook with snippets of contemporary advice columns to examine the roles that women are continually grappling with. Iconic imagery and text from the 1940s and 50s makes it clear that women have come a long way, yet the newspaper advice columns are a reminder of how easy it is to fall into accommodating, traditional feminine roles.
The housewives, food, textile patterns, and typography in this faux-1950s cookbook might belong to another era, but it reflects cultural norms that still prevail. Ghastly food images from the 1950s accompany “recipes” that describe universal aspects of relationships.