Alicia Bailey – Tanka Box


c. 2001
edition of open variable edition
3 x 3 x 3

Tanka is a Japanese poetic form that has existed for over 1300 years. Longer than the more familiar haiku, tanka allows for deeper thought and expression of themes. Tankas were originally used as a way of privately expressing emotion between lovers and friends. The tanka collected in this box is contemporary, written in English.

Each wall of the box is a small book with tanka poems and watercolor paintings by Alicia Bailey. The pages are color xerox on Mohawk superfine text.

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 – Tanka Box