2.5 '' x 3 ''
linen thread, needle, rive paper, akua inks
This book imagines what the voiceless female protagonist of Donkeyskin would do, if she had a chance to write her own narrative and take back the page, as a survivor of incest. The book interrogates the relationship between speech, silence and power. The heroine struggles to make herself known by altering the book physically: with nearly invisible embossed text, the meticulously stitched redaction of the fairy tale, and the print of a female mouth breaking free of sutures.
The original text for Donkeyskin was written by Charles Perrault, inkjet printed in Centaur and machine sewn on Rives printmaking paper. The hand-embossed text is the creation of the artist. The binding is based on a historic limp vellum binding. The print was handprinted using Akua inks and a pin press, then hand-stitched with an embroidery needle. The slipcase is made of felt made to look like pressed animal hair.