Bea Nettles – Head Lines: Worlds Warning


© 2020
edition of v.e.
dimensions in inches: 4.75 x 8.5


About this piece:

During my travels to cemeteries since 2011, I have photographed almost seven thousand last names on headstones that are parts of speech. With these words I have created poems that investigate language, history, and some of life’s events. Near this summer’s end, I wrote my chronology of the outbreak of COVID19 from its arrival through the end of August 2020.

The surnames Novel, Corona, Virus, Malady, Mask, Levels, Fiasco, Tweet, Layoff, Furlough, Science, Doom and Hope were all particularly evocative.


paper, ink

About the artist:

Lives and works in Urbana, Illinois.

Nettles has taught at major universities and lectured internationally. Widely recognized for innovations in mixed media photography and books, her retrospective Harvest of Memory is subject for a monograph from the University of Texas Press and the Eastman Museum.

Her work can be found in journals, blogs and podcasts. Museums as well as special collections libraries contain her photographs and artists books.

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Bea Nettles – Head Lines: Worlds Warning

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