Student: Eden Rose Niles

1. Did any of the artists' books inspire you to create?

Andre Bradley’s Dark Archives. The personal reflexive quality of his work inspired me to engage critically and thoughtfully with my own identity and how to deconstruct my role as a white woman complicit in the horror of US race relations.
 

2. Which piece did you have the strongest reaction to? Why?

Tona Wilson’s Stories Behind Bars resonated with me. I have worked on pro-bono immigration cases and have seen first-hand the injustice of the US immigration courts. The way Wilson humanized the people targeted by the dangerous, profit heavy prison system was powerful and helped me imagine how a larger role for art in the political and legal work I personally engage in.

 

3. Did seeing any of the work trigger thoughts/memories of experiences/events that have impacted you? Please explain.

I suppose my answer to the question above might work here.

 

4. How has the class broadened or challenged your perspective of race and identity?

It has helped me incorporate the power of art and narrative into my struggle to come to terms and change the reality of life in the US.

 

5. What is your take away from the class? What will you remember 10 years from now?

I will remember getting to create my own final project using the inspiration of the artists before me.



Eden Rose Niles, “Examination,”  Of Color: Race & Identity in Artists' Books.


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