3. place of advocacy

Books can be a place of advocacy or justice to explain policy rights in understandable terms -to speak or hear. A times gives us something to move slowly forward with, or pushes our steps toward change, where it can occur. It shows us insights into others that we haven’t taken time to see. It can be a place to heal trauma or compose a new journey.

Have you experienced a book as advocate or healer?


About sense of place in artist books

I am an artist. I find the ephemeral place in my art conjured up through practice. I sift through raw materials with my hopes and dreams, and ideas take form as if intended.
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One Response to 3. place of advocacy

  1. Betty Bright says:

    I was scheduled to give a talk on artists’ books in October 2001. At that point in time the nation was still caught in a stunned moment, overwhelmed and in mourning. At first the thought of talking about artists’ books seemed a trivial enterprise, until I realized that I had repeatedly picked up one book, Helen Douglas’s Wild Wood, in the days since the World Trade Center attacks. The book is small, hand-held, full of Douglas’s photos of a small ancient woods in the Yarrow Valley of the Scottish Borders, near where her family has farmed for centuries. The snapshots bring the reader into the magic of the indigenous wood that is indeed called the Fairy Dean, named by a poet long ago who claimed that the Queen of the Fairies lived there. This small book conveyed a sense of place slowly, slowly. My breathing would slow as I contemplated the images, as in a meditation or simply a caught breath, a moment savored. The photos appeared in and out of focus, close up or distant. It offered a retreat, a belief in a larger story, a sense of continuance. It was an avenue toward healing and a book I have cherished since.

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