The books featured here reinterpret traditional feminine roles as they reinvent the book form, foregrounding women’s labor in the home and exploring both the fulfilling and demoralizing dimensions of domesticity.
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Wendy Fernstrum. fernwerks press, 2002.
Fourteen flashcards set in a Tupperware container include prose poetry and blind contour sketches of common household artifacts.
Jackie Batey. Damp Flat Books, 2006.
Cover. This satirical pamphlet instructions the time-pressed reader in the art of superficial cleanliness and instant domestic artifice sure appease any drop-in visitor.
Tana Kellner. Women's Studio Workshop, 2008.
In order to read the text — which traces the history of the eponymous appliance — on must actually iron the pages.
Jennifer Brooks. Tree House Press, 2006.
This collection of stories about the home is read by pulling on the translucent inner pages so that the text is revealed through the house-shaped die cut.
Katherine Aoki. Women's Studio Workshop, 1998.
This book features the stories of fourteen women struggling with vegetarianism.
Nava Atlas. Amberwood Press, 2007.
Cover. This satirical cookbook includes recipes such as Gender Role Casserole, Hyper Critical Raisin Role, and Souffle of Fallen Expectations.
Amy Pirkle. Perkolator Press, 2006.
Cover. These foldout pages include illustrations relief printed from linoleum blocks. The text explores the cultural associations of bread.
Carissa Carman and Gretchen Hooker. Women's Studio Workshop, 2005.
Case. The casing holds a place setting and recipe cards which contemplate the intersection of food, family, place, and memory.
Book+Art was curated by Christine Wells and Kelly Wooten. The materials on display are from the The Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture. This exhibit is part of a semester long celebration of Book Arts done in collaboration with UNC Libraries.
Start: October 12, 2010
End: Jan 9, 2011
Perkins Gallery, Duke University
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