about this piece
‘When Her Robe is Unfurled, She Will Show You the World’ is a letterpress artist book about tattooed ladies. It contains a long poem by Meryl DePasquale that considers appetite and the performance of appetite, concealment and exposure, female desire and the male gaze. The text is accompanied by Shawn Hebrank’s illustrations of circus animals with female body parts. The book has an accordion binding and measures 16 feet when unfolded. Each copy contains a hand-drawn ribbon through its full length
paper,ink, book board
Meryl DePasquale is a poet and letterpress printer, currently living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She teaches writing and literature at St Catherine University and is a member of the artist cooperative at Minnesota Center for Book Arts. In collaboration with Shawn Hebrank, she makes broadsides, mail art, and artist books under the name Four-Letter Press.