about this piece
Box containing 14 unbound text panels in 2 sections, with case bound text including. production methods iunclude: laser etching laser printing, solid ink color prints, surface applied acrylic, metal leafing, hand relief printing. In 2013 I was commissioned by the Denver Art Museum to create a work based on a piece from their permanent collection. Every Step a Lotus is the result of that invitation. The piece includes historic fact and observations about the tradition of foot binding in China – a tradition that lasted over 1000 years. The two sided unbound text panels include step-by-step instructions for binding, photographic images and x-rays of bound feet and images of some examples of the exquisite and elegant shoes that were made for bound feet. During the research for this project, I realized how narrow in scope my initial (negative) response to the tradition was. The tradition encompasses far more than someone of my time and culture can easily understand. The accompanying book holds an essay addressing this realization and its impact on my world view.
Materials book board, black museum board with paper handmade by Andrea Peterson, mica, gold plated metal, shellac, Italian composition leaf, acrylic, rayon ribbon, hand printed Verona book cloth, Mohawk superfine text weight paper.
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. Her 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. Alicia is also owner/director at Abecedarian Gallery in Denver. The gallery, located in Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe, has an ongoing commitment to and focus on book arts and works on paper.