University of Washington has acquired the boxed set:Persephone’s Descent & Ascent

August 18th, 2010

The new home for this two volume set is the Rare Book & Special Colllections Library at the University of Washington in Seattle. These two books were completed in the darkest days last winter. I am very pleased that they have been acquired by this impressive collection.

Artists’ Book Seminar Summer 2010

August 3rd, 2010

gslissummer102.jpgTomorrow is the final day for the seminar on artists’ books that I have been teaching for the Graduate School of Library and Information Science here at the University of Illinois. This is the group during our tour to the Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Workshop for Cincinnati Book Arts

August 1st, 2010

I will be teaching a collage book workshop on September 25 in Cincinnati. Return Trips will also be on view at Prairie Gallery from September 20-October 3.

My artists’ book,Hair Loss, mentioned in the Wall Street Journal.

July 20th, 2010

Rick Wester Fine Art has received positive reviews of his current exhibition, BIG GIRLS: Large Format Photographs by Women Photographers. Included is a piece by William Meyers in the Wall Street Journal from July 3, 2010:

Bea Nettles’s “Hair Loss, 2007″ is large format only because it consists of 12 photographs, each 4 1/4 by 4 1/4 inches, strung together to make a book 84 1/2 inches wide when fully open. Ms. Nettles (born 1946) photographed herself after she lost her hair as a result of chemotherapy. The stark black-and-white images show her from the neck up, bald and with various hair possibilities. Her expression is grimly stoic as she contemplates the options.

The show comes down July 30.
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National and University Library of Iceland acquires “Mind and Memory”

July 20th, 2010

I am currently in Iceland, where the National and University Library has added several of my books to their collection. Now included in this rare book collection is “Mind and Memory,” made in 2007 during a residency I spent in Iceland. Also a copy of Fate, Being and Necessity, and my Plontu Handbokin: An Artist’s Guide to the Wildflowers of Iceland.

NY Photoreview review of “Big Girls”

June 19th, 2010 is a link to a review of the group show that my book, “Hair Loss” is being shown in this summer in NYC.hairloss4.jpg “the artist’s book “Hair Loss (2007)” by Bea Nettles, documenting the artist’s struggle against cancer in a series of head-on self portraits, is small, concise and entirely unsentimental.”

Barker’s Creek: An Artist’s Guide to North Carolina Wildflowers

June 9th, 2010

barkerscreekthumbnail.jpgMy latest botanical book is available online at Lulu This book contains spring wildflowers from North Carolina.

5 Botanicals now available spiral bound

May 6th, 2010

All five of my botanical books are now being produced with spiral bindings for durability and ease of use in the field. Iceland, Illinois, Italy, Ireland and most recently Florida wildflowers. You can order the books at Samples of the images can be seen on my website here:

Big Girls opens at Rick Wester Fine Art May 20

April 30th, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, New York – Big Girls: Large Format Photographs by Women Photographers at Rick Wester Fine Art (RWFA) features a variety of compelling large-format photographs by women artists. On view from May 20 to July 30, 2010, the exhibition encompasses a host of themes within the theme, including portraiture, figure studies, abstraction, autobiography, and fantasy.

Ranging in age from their early 20s to their 60s, the artists are Meghan Boody (US), Sandi Haber Fifield (US), Sharon Harper (US), Mona Kuhn (Brazil), Jocelyn Lee (US), Bea Nettles (US), Heli Rekula (Finland), Melanie Schiff (US), Erin Wahed (Canada) and Pinar Yolaçan (Turkey/US).

“The impetus for the exhibition was to create a showcase around several works collected by the gallery and my personal collection,” says owner Rick Wester. “The concept had its genesis in 2002 with the acquisition of Jocelyn Lee’s Untitled (girl with long hair standing in water), and continued to grow over the years.”

Works on view range from a site-specific grid installation of 21 photographs by Sandi Haber Fifield, Looking Inward / Looking Out, 2 (2010) that will be situated in odd places near the gallery’s ceiling in diagonally opposite corners, to a handmade accordion book, Hair Loss (2007) by Bea Nettles — the longtime doyenne of alternative photographic processes — that documents the loss and eventual regrowth of her hair due to chemotherapy treatments.

Photographs that look to the female figure as symbol and allegory include; Heli Rekula’s Overflow (2004) from the performance series Desire, where the artist photographs herself being showered in a white milk-like liquid that forms a second skin over her muscular physique; Pinar Yolaçan will debut two works from her ongoing project, Mother Goddess. Yolaçan looks back in time and creates nearly life size odalisques of large women dressed in skintight, full-length body suits. Based on prehistoric mother goddess figurines excavated in the Hacilar region of Turkey, Yolaçan’s figures are uncomfortable and shocking in the way the body suit both constrains and reveals the model.

Other highlights include Sharon Harper’s large-scale minimalist compositions of the night sky from her Moon Studies and Star Scratches series (2003-2009), and from the youngest contributor to the exhibition, Erin Wahed, saturated prints of otherworldly abstract landscapes.

The exhibition opens on May 20 and runs through July 30, 2010. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10-6pm, and Saturday, 11-6pm. For further information and images, please contact Sarah Stout at +1 (212) 255-5560 or

Roadside Attractions: An Artist’s Guide to Florida Wildflowers

April 14th, 2010

roadside.jpgMy fifth botanical book is now available at It was created this March in Florida and contains the early spring flowers. It is coil bound with a laminated cover. You can see previews of the images here:

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