Alicia Bailey – There are Names for Those Acts (Which We Long to Perform)


c. 2001
edition of 25
1.675 x 2.675 x .875

Based on the traditional instructional pillow books given couples on their wedding night, this two-sided accordion contains 6 sexually explicit watercolors paired with 6 physical and spiritual descriptions of the ’embraces of love’ taken from ancient Asian texts

“. . . in the tenderness of love, the Clouds and the Rain complete us . . .”

book opens to 2 x 9, color laserprint from original watercolors on Mohawk Superfine text, acrylic tinted tyvek, paste & marbled papers, watercolor and laserprint. 8 double sided accordian hinged with tyvek. 6 illustrations & 6 text pages.

process materials held by University of Denver, Penrose Library Special Collections


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 – There are Names for Those Acts (Which We Long to Perform)