Thielen, Beth – Window of Souls: Ventana De Almas.
(Thielen, Beth) Window of Souls: Ventana De Almas. Created at the California Institution of Women. Inmate artists in collaboration with Jonde Northcut and Beth Thielen, Artist Instructors. Frontera. California. 2000. Accordion fold. Book – 11/25′ x 8″: Case – 12.5″ x 9″ x 2.5″. The book contains 16 hand printed intaglios, signed and numbered 1/25 through 25/25 by each inmate artist. Intaglio (photo etching) prints and original writing. Opposing solarized images (tipped inserts) contain written prose from each inmate artist. Accordion fold book in gray cloth board folder with colored paste-paper sides and title label on spine. Paste papers printed by the inmate artists. In a slipcase, within a box, which, when opened, forces the book up by means of strings which are attached to both box and slipcase. Title on spine of box, which is lined with paste paper. No. 23 in an edition of 25 copies. Fine.
The intaglios, book and casing are made to museum standards using neutral ph materials.
“Our hope is to take this moment beyond current stereotyped assumptions of these women and preserve them for posterity, a future perception” – Statement on Prospectus.
Translations of the Spanish language quotes are provided at the back of the book.