Crush*

Art

I made this book when I was an intern at the Women’s Studio Workshop in 1996. It was all about a crush I had on someone and all the ridiculous plays on language I would use to disguise the feelings I had and the fact that the person I cared about was also a woman. Truth be told, I was deeply closeted and just so tortured about finally coming out.

The book itself is made up of translucent open-ended envelopes and handmade paper inserts. The illustrations were all picked up from an outdated dictionary from the 1950’s. I wrote interstitial text with further language play and xeroxed them onto tracing paper which I made into the inner pockets.

Dimensions: 5″ x 13″ open
Medium: Screenprint, Xerography
Case bound, with a hybrid accordion spine to accommodate the pockets
Completed: July 1996

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Libby Clarke is an artist, designer, and educator living in Maplewood, NJ. She received her BFA in Printmaking from James Madison University and her MFA in 2D Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Professionally, Libby has worked as an interaction art director for over 15 years for such companies as Agency.com and Scholastic.com. She was an Assistant Professor at the New York College of Technology in Brooklyn, New York. She also served as the Director of the Studio School of the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. As an artist, Libby has produced a series of multi-media conceptual products under the name Monstress Productions since 1996. She gives workshops and lectures across the United States on the intersection of art, activism, and technology, and her pieces are exhibited and collected internationally.