"Erase the Hate" by Katie Delay. "This book explores bullying, race/ethnicity, sexual preference, religion and women’s issues. While we in contemporary society may think we have made great strides in these areas, closer inspection suggests that as we take one step forward, we take another step back. Each topic is addressed within its own sewn signature placed into a handmade envelope. The five envelopes are bound into the book as pages. The text is digitally printed in shades of gray. If we are to make any changes in this world, we each must first look within ourselves and examine our own prejudices and irrational fears. Only then may we begin to Erase the Hate."
"Fragile Gains" by Fiona Dempster. "In my mind, many of the gains women have made remain fragile and require vigilance to ensure that they are not lost. In many places, the gains really are fragile and can be lost through a change in government or through less than democratic processes. These fragile, burnt pages leave behind reminders of the gains we need to safeguard. The strength and resilience of the metal confirms for us the strength and resilience of women."
"Environmental Book" by Joan Iversen Goswell. "The environment is a mess and getting messier. Chemical additives in our food, poison in our air, developers grabbing any green space they can, genetically modified food and seeds that become our food, poisons in our water and loss of farmland brought on by multi-national agricultural mega-corporations. Do you like the fact that Monsanto can produce a corn seed that is sterile? How about a corn seed that is patented, and then, when its pollen blows into a farmer’s perfectly normal cornfield, and the patented corn grows, they sue for infringement and win. How about radical global changes in our weather? How about antibiotics in our meat that creates resistance in our bodies so that when we get sick, the antibiotics don’t work? And, best of all, how about real human beings, freeze-dried and displayed in Science museums all over the country? It’s about time we started thinking in terms of an environment that is clean, productive and beneficial to humans and animals alike."
"Soldier's Heart" by Mari Eckstein Gower. "My father, like many who fought in World War II, suffered from nightmares triggered by his experiences. For his generation, this wasn’t something one spoke about, as if his responses were a weakness or shameful. I’m thankful that today the effects of trauma are being studied and treated, and that we’re beginning to understand that PTSD is not only a social issue but political as well. In my book, Soldier’s Heart, I explore the subject of PTSD, looking to historical portrayals of the effects of warfare and the ways PTSD has been described in the past. The book design is inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry, which is packed with surprising descriptive details. I’ve also referenced Egyptian, Assyrian, Mayan and Celtic artifacts."
"I Have a Name" by Patricia Grass. "After two years in the Philippines, I had enough of being called WHITE WOMAN. I just wanted to scream, “I HAVE A NAME, and it is not my skin color.” The pages are based on a chart of human skin colors and the ridiculous names paint companies give colors on their paint charts. The color shades in my book were created on a computer with names from actual paint chips." I Have a Name won a Best In Show Award in the Book Power Redux exhibition.
"The Unraveling of Political Discourse" by Deborah Greenwood & Lucia Harrison. "Of great concern to us is the breakdown of political discourse resulting from stonewalling and obstructive tactics. We long for in-depth, respectful conversation about complex issues. While searching for visual archetypal symbols of cooperation, we discovered the handshake, a gesture of reciprocity. We paired our own text with John Bulwer’s images from The Natural Language of the Hand (1644), the first scientific study of hand gestures. We altered an 18th century handwritten contract to signify the social contract between governments and their people. As the contract begins, various shades of gray and black weave through a stable structure with cooperative hand gestures, a demonstration of the balance of expression necessary for a democracy. As the book progresses the weaving begins to fall apart, gestures and text become hostile. The contract ends as two opposing opinions dominate. We bound hands as book covers. We untie our hands each time we open the book and examine the issue."
"Face Book III" by Leilei Guo. "Nowadays the wave of globalization has penetrated every corner of the world. It connects the globe more and more closely, and it imposes influence on every citizen in the global village. Identity becomes more and more blurred while many different social networks appear, such as Facebook. People use this web site to create their own so-called “invisible network,” refreshing their friends’ latest status and updating their own as well. In this fictitious world it seems like famous or common people do not exist. There is no limit to identity, it becomes a globe village. In this work, I picked up some drawings that my students made in class, and others from famous artists’ masterpieces. When I put these drawings together we cannot differentiate which were made by artists or students, which were made centuries ago or now. Just as Andy Warhol said, 'In the future, everybody will be world famous for 15 minutes.'"
"Direction" by Yingzi Guo. "Five years ago, I found a song and I loved it right away. For Them by Troye Sivan, is written from the view of a child seeing another side of the world, with war, death, crying, the simplest definition of sadness. The angel-like voice of the naive life inspired me. I started forming an idea to make an art piece based on it. The book can be folded to look like part of a street. Connected by the ground beneath, this is the edge between two sides of the world in a child’s eyes. There is only a short transition between two sides, but that’s what 'good' and 'bad' mean to a child. This also leaves a question of “black and white” for adults. Behind the street, are the lyrics of For Them as the innocent voice of a child. For them, for the beginning of their lives, which side would you leave behind?"
"Self Soothing" by Ian Hampton. "This book was created as a response to the trauma of male rape. I thought about rape, and from this single word, began collecting images and other words. The images came out as a stream of consciousness, each connecting to the last by a thread. The images are tied together into a circle, indicating how they keep repeating."
"Ten Little White Folk" by Shawna Hanel. In 1868, Septimus Winner penned the song Ten Little Injuns based upon an 1850′s minstrel act. An abbreviated version became a popular nursery rhyme. My parents, in 1974, purchased The Giant Golden Mother Goose for their bookwormish toddler. As a child, I adored Ten Little Injuns. However, rereading the text as an adult eviscerated any affinity I had for the poem, inspiring me to create a revised edition. For the new version, I replaced every instance of the term “Injun” with “White Folk.” I also exchanged every illustration of an Indian with a photograph of white characters from neighboring pages. I had small cover boards cut from the inside back cover of an original The Giant Golden Mother Goose. Normally, I find the destruction of a book anathema, but my hope is that this effort clearly demonstrates the depths to which historical racism permeates modern material culture and points to a future in which genocide and assimilation no longer masquerade as children’s literature.