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“The Sketchbook Project is a global, crowd-sourced art project and interactive, traveling exhibition of handmade books. Our mission is to allow anyone to participate in art and to create a collection of work that represents the current state of artists worldwide.” – from The Sketchbook Project Mission Statement
In 2010, I started taking part in the yearly Sketchbook Project organized by The Brooklyn Art Library | Art House Co-Op. After several years spent overcoming depression and anxiety-related illnesses, one of the side effects had proven itself to be an intense case of burn-out/artist/writer’s block.
After hearing about it from some friends who had taken part in it, then reading about The Sketchbook Project online, I made the decision to participate. This allowed me to not only be given an assignment, but to re-open my blocked imagination. The results were a life-saver for my artistic inspiration.
The theme I chose for my sketchbook was Lights in the Distance. I began to think of my heritage, the links that connect over a distant period of time from one generation to the next. I had long been interested in further exploring my family’s relationship to the Salem Witch Trials, which was mentioned in the poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in his New England Tragedies: “Look! Look! It is the ghost of Jacob Goodale, whom 15 years ago this man did murder, by stomping on his body! In his shroud he comes here to bear witness to this crime.”
Beyond that, I became fascinated with the mentality that led up to what I see as an attempted female genocide. What do witches represent? How does their presence relate to misogynist fears of powerful women?
The following are selections from the 2011 sketchbook, which I titled ‘Beasties, Hexes, and Haints.’
The full sketchbook can be viewed in its entirety here.