Gum Printing book from Focal Press

October 1st, 2016

Two of my early works from 1972 have been included in this new book from Focal Press on gum printing. Beach and Constellations and Circus Day are both one-of-a-kind pieces that include machine stitching, gum print on fabric, and hand colored elements. Both are also self portraits.

DANTE ENTERS HELL, a new book is finished.

September 11th, 2016

After months of work, my interpretive version of Dante’s Inferno has been completed using family names that I have collected by photographing in cemeteries across the country. The paper version is available for $30 using Paypal. You will find it if you scroll down at my store here:

From the introduction to the book.
During my travels to cemeteries for more than five years I have photographed over five thousand last names on headstones that are parts of speech. With these words I have created books that investigate language, history, and some of life’s events. The inspiration to write my version of the Inferno occurred to me after I had located the surnames Dante, Virgil and Styx. I had already found Beatrice, Heaven and Hell.

What followed were months of reading translations and summaries and beginning to write my adaptation. Next the photographs were assembled and edited for clarity. In addition to being symbolic and sophisticated, Dante’s journey down through the nine circles is graphic and visual. I have tried to keep my version simple enough for the first time reader, while recounting his progress as accurately as my limited words would allow. As I unwittingly punned to an incredulous friend, mine is a plot summary.
© Bea Nettles 2016

Nettles Soup included in the Photographers Cookbook

June 27th, 2016

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I am pleased to have been included in The Photographer’s Cookbook, just published by Aperture. It was a project begun by staff at the George Eastman House in the mid 70s and shelved. Recently rescued and realized, it is a perfect time capsule of those days. The design is attractive, and the recipes, although sometimes funny, are in some cases quite appealing.

Mountain Dream Tarot deck on display at the Metropolitan Museum, NYC

June 1st, 2016

tarot first edition web
From now through October 30 you can see images from my first edition Mountain Dream Tarot in the Dream States exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This is considered the first complete deck created with photographs in the history of Tarot. It was created in the years 1970-75 without benefit of digital tools. This meant if something was on fire, it actually WAS on fire. If I needed an eagle, I had to find an eagle to photograph. My family members and many friends of mine from Penland School in North Carolina were my models.

I have a very few mint copies of this deck available at my webstore.

2 Self portraits at Pier 24 in SF

May 4th, 2016

pier 24 sf web
From now until February 2017, there is a group photography exhibition of self portraits by women at Pier 24 in San Francisco. It is called Collected. Look for two of my images from the 70s there.

“Neptune & Lake Lady” purchased by the Eastman Museum

April 23rd, 2016

Neptune & Lake Lady is a vintage 1970 work containing nine collages composed of black & white photographs, ortho film overlays and drawings stitched into mylar notebook pages housed in a black three ring binder. It was created during the fall of 1970 while I worked at Nazareth College, my first college teaching job in Rochester, NY. The book has returned to the city in which it was created.
Four other works were added to the collection this month as well: St Mark’s Place (1970), Koolaid Heart (1971) and two from Return Trips: Geometry(1999) and Mermaid (2000).
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99 st marks pl5b Koolaid heart (broken, 2 heads)


Ransom center group show featured online

April 3rd, 2016

Here is the link to the Austin American-Stateman’s coverage of a group show of works from the collection at the Harry Ransom Center.
They have one of my mid 70′s cyanotypes on view. These are unique prints and I made about a dozen of this type in the summer of 1975.
moon dreams cyanotype

Two books on view currently in Portland at Atelier 6000.

April 3rd, 2016

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Two of my books that feature the landscape of Southern Oregon and the residencies I have had at PLAYA are now on view at Atelier 6000 in Bend, Oregon. This is a traveling group exhibition up through the month of April at this location.

Work on view at Philadelphia Museum of Art

March 29th, 2016

1970 sister_parrot_garden webFrom now until July 24, you can see this 1970 work of mine Sister in the Parrot Garden on view in the Honickman Gallery at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. They are showing an assortment of works from their collection.

Works on view at Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto

February 16th, 2016

Until the end of the month you can see several of my works owned by the Ryerson Image Centre in Toronto on view in Ways of Seeing: Building the RIC Collection. There are a few works on the wall and several books and my first edition Tarot cards are displayed in a glass case.

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