About this piece:
When all the newsfeeds were focusing on Harvey Weinstein and the #metoo movement, what I had compartmentalized years ago about my own #metoo experiences resurfaced. I chose to address these memories through references to water, stones, and sharks. (Shark nightmares were regular invasions of my sleep while working on my dissertation and when stressed out about being the only female in an all-male department of older white “gentlemen.”) There are no details here. There are no names here. It is not just about my experiences; it is about the similar experiences many women face in the work environment. I learned how to take care of myself and to persevere. I wanted the images of women placed behind the physically opaque narrative thus requiring effort on the part of the reader to acknowledge their existence as well as vulnerability.
All the photographs were selected from my large collection of vintage and antique photographs. These were part of a set from a British source. The cover image was manipulated in a halftone special effects online application. The narrative was edited to fit in the pop-out panels
About the artist:
Lives and works in Bellingham, Washington, United States
Elsi Vassdal Ellis taught design production and book arts at Western Washington University for 40 years, retiring in June 2017. As EVE Press she has produced over 145 editions via offset, letterpress and digital printing, and 127 unique books since 1983. Her work is permanently housed in many public collections including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, New York City Public Library, Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, Grabhorn Collection in the San Francisco Public Library, and Arts of the Book Collection in the Yale University Library.