Marnie Powers-Torrey – MAMA/SELF


© 2016

edition of 32

dimensions in inches: 5 x 7

about this piece

Work on this book began in 2006, just after the birth of the artist’s third and last child. After nine years of gestation, the book was finally released into the world. Imagery is derived from circular ink washes suggesting the cyclical nature of being, constancy of motion, revolving planets, ripe ovum, and lactating breasts. The text is experimental and broken, collected in haste throughout the early years of motherhood. Stripped of formality and exposing raw, maternal femininity, the words string together a visual poem of primal and authentic language. Letterpress printed from photopolymer plates and metal type.


paper, ink

About the artist:
Marnie Powers-Torrey holds an MFA in photography from the University of Utah and a BA in English and Philosophy from Boston College’s Honors Program. She is the Managing Director of the Book Arts Program and Red Butte Press, an Associate Librarian (Lecturer), and serves as the faculty mentor for the minor and certificate in book arts. Marnie teaches letterpress printing, artists’ books, and other courses for the Book Arts Program and elsewhere. She is master printer for the Red Butte Press, harnessing the mighty printing power of a staff of excellent printers. As a founding member of the College Book Arts Association, she served as Awards Chair for three years and VP for Nominations & Membership for two. Her work is exhibited and held in collections nationally.

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Marnie Powers-Torrey – MAMA/SELF