Books are performative, four-dimensional, kinetic, conceptual objects; they have multiple sides, interior and exterior, and language both symbolic and visual. These works developed from an acquisition of de-accessioned Victorian religious books from Community of St. John Baptist, a historic convent in Mendham, NJ, where for years I led painting retreats. They include instructions for the life of religious women, meditations for the liturgical calendar, and exegesis on sacred texts. I have been slowly deconstructing the books, digesting the contents, often poetic, compassionate, and insightful, or distressingly dated especially around the role of women. Altering and dying the pages with oak gall, cochineal, andindigo, I reconstruct/recontextualize them in new forms.

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