Of Loss and Love, 1975
Offset lithography in four colors, printed on a small format press operated by Nettles. Case bound with red book cloth; machine sewn with a gold screen print on cover. Pale green end sheets. SIGNED and numbered on the back page, 60/100.
7h x 9 3/4w in / 17.78h x 24.77w cm
Bea Nettles is an American photographer known for her narrative, often autobiographical approach. Her formal training, in painting and printmaking rather than photography, informs her unconventional, multimedia presentation techniques. In the late 1960s, while still a graduate student, Nettles began to imbue her work with elements associated with women's work. Drawing from her Grandmother's quilting techniques, she started to machine stitch directly onto her photographs. Such unconventional, innovative and often then radical approaches to making photographs gained her early recognition. In the early 1970s, Nettles immersed herself in the production of limited edition books. Not only were these books filled with innovative printing techniques, but they often centered on stories or poetry written by family members, and their imagery was also very personal. Of Love and Loss features poetry by Bea's mother, Grace Nettles with imagery by Bea.