A Word Made Flesh...Throat

A work made of photo-lithograph, color etching and aquatint on tea-stained mulberry paper, hand sewn on buff wove paper.

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  • A work made of photo-lithograph, color etching and aquatint on tea-stained mulberry paper, hand sewn on buff wove paper.

Date:

1994

Artist:

Lesley Dill (American, born 1950)
printed by Steven Campbell, and Barbara Spies Labus, with the assistance of C. Tyler Johnson
assembled and sewn by Jennifer Luk
published by Landfall Press (American, founded 1970)

About this artwork

Lesley Dill, whose father was a beloved teacher despite suffering from schizophrenia, and whose mother was a speech and theater instructor, grew up hyper aware of the importance of language. Not surprisingly, she was an English major in college, and it was during that period that her mother gave her the collected works of Emily Dickinson—which proved to be perhaps Dill’s most significant influence. Almost all of Dill’s works contain words, and frequently they are those of Dickinson. Dill has said, “I think of words, and especially the poems of Emily Dickinson, for their embodiment of psychological states of despair and euphoria as metaphors for being, as a kind of spiritual armor, and intervening skin between ourselves and the world.” A Word Made Flesh, a series of four mixed-process prints literally transcribes the words of Dickinson onto a woman’s body. While the text is legible in Back and Throat, Dill has manipulated the language within the ghostly composition of Front to the point where only select phrases are visible: “ghastly” over the woman’s chest and “cares” (short for caress) over her stomach for example. In this series, word and image merge with forceful, yet disturbingly vulnerable, effect.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Lesley Dill

Title

A Word Made Flesh...Throat

Origin

United States

Date

1994

Medium

Photo-lithograph, color etching and aquatint on tea-stained mulberry paper, hand sewn on buff wove paper

Inscriptions

Signed, recto, lower left, in graphite: "Lesley Dill"; inscribed, recto, lowe left, after the signature, in graphite: "199 II/V"

Dimensions

747 x 560 mm (image/primary support); 765 x 566 mm (secondary support)

Credit Line

Gift of Stanley M. Freehling

Reference Number

1994.750

Extended information about this artwork

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