Item #17616 kNot free/kNot human. Carletta Carrington Wilson.
kNot free/kNot human.
kNot free/kNot human.
kNot free/kNot human.
kNot free/kNot human.
kNot free/kNot human.
kNot free/kNot human.

kNot free/kNot human.

Seatltle: A Thunderhoney Production, [The Windowpane Press], 2023. One of eight copies signed by Wilson and Bonnie Thompson Norman. Two hors commerce copies were also produced. This edition of kNot free/kNot human is a culmination of a collaboration between Carletta Carrington Wilson and Bonnie Thompson Norman. An earlier edition of the book was produced as part of the 2022 Seattle Print Arts & Editions Studio Black & Indigenous People’s Book Arts Residency. Linocut illustrations on every page, with hand-coloring. Printed in hand-set metal and wood type on Magnani Pescia paper. A fine copy in the yellow silk clamshell case. Hand-bound by Bonnie Thompson Norman in printed yellow silk boards. 22 x 15 x 2 in. (closed), 180 x 15 x 2 (open). [14] pp. Item #17616

The iconic figures of a man and a woman, running and toting a bindle holding everything they own, are the aesthetic foundation of kNot free/kNot human. In the words of the artists, “The figure of the fugitive ‘advertised for capture’ was illustrated by various cuts accompanying ads appearing in numerous 18th and 19th century newspapers, not only in the United States but also in countries such as Brazil and England…These figures were symbols of and testament to the unceasing resistance perpetuated on both sides of the Atlantic by the captives. Wilson’s linocut figures give visual voice to individuals who decided to run towards an uncertain future.” With a focus on the mid-to-late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Carletta Carrington Wilson attempts “to see through history.” Her visual works can be found at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, University of Washington Allen Library’s Book Art Collection, University of Puget Sound Collin’s Memorial Library Book Art Collection, Swarthmore College McCabe Library, and UCLA Judith A. Hoffberg Collection of Artist Books. Wilson is the author of the newly published Poem of Stone & Bone: The Iconography of James W. Washington Jr. in Fourteen Stanzas and Thirty-One Days. Her poems and essays appear in Take A Stand: Art Against Hate as well as the anthologies Stealing Light, Make It True: Poems from Cascadia, and Beyond the Frontier: African American Poetry for the 21st Century. Her journal publications include The African American Review, Calyx, Cimarron Review, Pilgrimage, Obsidian III, Raven Chronicles, and the Seattle Review. Her zine, night of the stereotypes, was exhibited in conjunction with the installation of the same name at Wa Na Wari.

Bonnie Thompson Norman has been the proprietor of the Windowpane Press, a letterpress printing and book arts studio, for over forty years. She was director of the letterpress studio at the Woman’s Building and, subsequently, at the Armory Center for the Arts. She worked with Patrick Reagh in his in Los Angeles letterpress shop and, after moving to Seattle, as a hand bookbinder at Puget Bindery for nearly twenty years. She teaches classes in printing and bookmaking. Work produced at the Windowpane Press reflects concerns about timeless and/or contemporary issues, offering challenging questions, provocative puns and inspiration in the form of broadsides and artist’s books. These pieces are included in institutions and collections locally and throughout the United States, New Zealand, France, and England.

Price: $6,000.00

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