|Title||Dante Enters Hell|
|Artist / Creator||Bea Nettles|
|Place of Publication||Urbana, IL|
|Process / Technique||Digital printing|
|Number of Images||1800 photographs of words on gravestones|
|Structure / Binding||Accordion|
|Paper Stock||Cougar 100lb text|
|Number of Pages||16 pages|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||8.5 x 4.5 x .125 inches|
|Box / Wrapper||Presented in a paper slipcase|
|Signed & Numbered||Signed and numbered edition|
During my travels to cemeteries for more than five years I have photographed over five thousand last names on headstones that are parts of speech. With these words I have created books that investigate language, history, and some of life's events. The inspiration to write my version of the Inferno occurred to me after I had located the surnames Dante, Virgil and Styx. I had already found Beatrice, Heaven and Hell. What followed were months of reading translations and summaries and beginning to write my adaptation. Next the photographs were assembled and edited for clarity. In addition to being symbolic and sophisticated, Dante's journey down through the nine circles is graphic and visual. I have tried to keep my version simple enough for the first time reader, while recounting his progress as accurately as my limited words would allow. As I unwittingly punned to an incredulous friend, mine is a plot summary.
Artist BioBea Nettles Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana The exhibition career of Bea Nettles began in 1970 when her work was shown in "Photography Into Sculpture," at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. Recognition as an experimental photographic artist followed and her work has been featured in over two hundred exhibitions throughout the world. Her photographic work has been regularly reviewed in the media; The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Art in America, Art Week, Saturday Review, Art News, and the photography magazines American Photographer, Popular Photography, Modern Photography. It has been featured internationally in magazines in Italy, Portugal, Australia, England and France. Nettles is also known as a book artist. Her books appear in Handmade Books, 2010 and 500 Handmade Books, Lark Books, 2008; The Nature of Craft and the Penland Experience, Lark Books, 2004; The Book of Alternative Processes, Delmar, 2001 and reviewed in Bonefolder, Fall 2008, Umbrella, Spring 2005 and Winter 1988, JAB12: The Journal of Artists Books, Fall 1999. Interviews appear in Ampersand, Fall 2005; on a podcast from University of Alabama, and a full hour lecture given at Duke University has been posted to YouTube. Numerous public collections and special collections libraries contain her work and she has received two National Endowment for the Arts Photography Fellowships and grants from the New York and Illinois State Arts Councils. Nettles has taught thousands of students since 1970. Her classic textbook Breaking the Rules: A Photo Media Cookbook reached two generations of readers. She has delivered lectures and workshops internationally and is widely recognized for her innovations in mixed media photography and photographic books.