Alicia Bailey – Tongue Tied


c. 1999
edition of 25
4.5 x 3.5 x 2.5

The poem Tongue Tied by Patricia Beers describes the almost unbearable results of a lifetime of keeping silent. The two-sided accordian book is hinge-bound with 16 penny nails and housed in a nail/mesh and wood structure. Unless handled carefully this book can easily cause physical injury and pain.

Text is laserprint on lace paper. Alicia Bailey’s photographs, which allude to bondage and repression, are inkjet printed on sumi paper. Objects and text initially hidden by the photographs are revealed as the reader interacts with this book

opens to 18 x 3.5

process materials held by University of Denver, Penrose Library Special Collections


About the artist:

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.


Alicia Bailey – Tongue Tied