Jeanne Barat: The Woman Behind the Naturalist
About this piece:
When Jeanne Baret stepped on-board the Etoile ship in 1766, she didn’t set out to be the first woman to circumnavigate the globe. Alongside her colleague, accomplice and lover, Philibert Commerson, she took on many roles during the expedition as a botanist, herb woman, nurse, and cataloger of the more than 630 specimens they brought aboard.
This limited edition artist book traces the expedition of the first woman to circumnavigate the globe, through the lens of the botanical discoveries she made along the ship’s journey. Jeanne Baret was not able to document the expedition herself, due to the forbidden nature of her passage on this journey, but her legacy has inspired many, and spurred the creation of this book
bookcloth, tyvek, vellum, thread, paper
About the artist:
Lives and works in San Francisco, California, United States
Rhiannon Alpers is a papermaker, letterpress printer and book artist living in San Francisco. Her work is influenced by all types of remnants of life, and the conceptual traces those leave behind. The work is entrenched in the history and visual sensibility of cabinets of curiosities and early natural history documentation. Rhiannon has an MFA in Book & Paper Arts and a BA in Book Arts. She teaches book arts workshops nationally, and academically in the bay area.