Alphabet Tricks

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Alphabet Tricks situates itself and women in that ambivalent space between a word’s connotation and denotation, revealing society's contradiction between desire for and condemnation of feminine sexuality. The book unfurls accordion-like; each panel is home to a word and its corresponding definitions. The definitions are complex creations, hovering between the so-called neutrality of the dictionary's opinion and the loaded derogatory use, which circulates throughout our culture. Reading Alphabet Tricks, the reader finds herself in that equivocal place where assumed objectivity is exposed as already tainted by the mores of society.

Alphabet Tricks was made possible by an artist residency grant from the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York. There are 120 copies in the edition and each book has 15 double-sided pocket pages.
hand-set letterpress, silk-screen 4" x 3.5" x .75" 2000