About this piece:
Unfolding Pattenrs of Atrocities explores the genocide that was “unfolding” in Darfur in 2007. It is letterpress printed with handset type and illustrations printed from polymer plates. The blind embossed illustrations were hand drawn from photographs of a Die-in performance staged by the artist and her friends at Oregon College of Arts and Craft. A Die-in performance is a form of protest where the participants simulate being dead. Each illustration has red paint splattered next to it, to reference blood. The line drawings at the bottom of each page all connect to form the map of Sudan where the genocide was taking place. The cut-up poem was composed by the artist from Nicholas Kristof’s coverage of the genocide in The New York Times. The book cover is designed like a wrap and references the process of unfolding as the book is opened.
Photo credit for the Die-In Performance: Stephan Takas
As an artist, I am very passionate about women’s equality and their rights. Most recently, I have worked on a book about gender biases in India.
About the artist:
resides in Portland, Oregon, United States
Originally from India, Ms. Gupta moved to the US to study Communication Design at Pacific Northwest College of Art. Her interest in artist books also led her to pursue a Post Baccalaureate degree in Book Arts at Oregon College of Art & Craft. Ms. Gupta’s work is collected by numerous private collectors and public institutions in the US and Europe. She is a recipient of a number of awards and honors for her books and graphic design work. Recently, her work was published in 500 Handmade Books, and reviewed in The Times of India. She’s also a freelance graphic designer.