About this piece:
Three short stories, Esmerelda, Reader of Palms & Thorns, written by Colorado writer Carolyn Hull during a retreat in Mexico, in the sultry magic realism style often associated with that geography. Cover and chapter head illustrations are inkjet prints of photographs by Alicia Bailey. Pages are laserprint with hand stamping. Carolyn Hull tells us: “I had the privilege of working with Clark Blaise at the Latin American Writers’ Workshop in January 96. These stories come from that magic and surreal time. My own heritage growing up along the El Paso/Juarez border is similar to these stories. To quote Robert Bly, my soul is here for its own joy. I am here to interpret one dimension for another.”
paper, paste paper, laserprint, ink, thread, shell
Alicia Bailey is a studio artist working across multiple disciplines. She has focused on book arts and assemblage since the mid-nineties, producing artists’ books, sculptural books and limited edition books. Alicia’s work embraces a wide variety of methods and materials. It has been featured in dozens of solo and group exhibits throughout the world and is held in numerous public, private and special collections. An archive of her work in the book arts is under development at Penrose Special Collections, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado.