Alicia Bailey- Re-rooting with box


c. 1997
edition of 26
2 x 1.75 x 1.75

I mingle into earth my fingers are the roots of weeds my small toes are stones I can’t move but I see my pale limbs are the fallen branches of trees

When people speak of getting back to nature, I wonder where it is they’ve been. This book references my own awareness of union with earth and questions the notion of ever leaving the natural world.

The text is excerpted from Donna Jackson’s poem Re-Rooting; the illustrations are laser printed on pastepaper from ink drawings by Alicia Bailey and illustrations from a 16th Century anatomy text.

18 pages, 5 illustrations. Laserprint on paste paper and chiri tissue. Accordian style binding with 3 pamphlet stitch inserts in paper covered board with bone, seed, ribbon closure in paper covered box with wood, shell and bone sculpture on lid.


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- Re-rooting with box