Exquisite Warriors by Laura Russell (2nd Edition - Softcover) by Laura Russell


Parkinson’s Disease, typically thought of as a disease of old men, is a neurodegenerative brain disorder. There is no cure. It is a long, slow descent into an unseen, isolating disease. They say PD is not genetic. My own mother suffered with it for nearly 20 years before I was diagnosed. The good news is, I know what’s coming. The bad news is, I know what’s coming.

This limited edition artist book is an “exquisite corpse” structure celebrating 26 “Exquisite Warrior” women battling this terrifying disease. On the recto pages, photos of women in their best power pose, submitted by my new network of friends with PD.

Three different narratives flow on the verso panels. Fate: an abecedarian listing of PD symptoms. Fact: a hopeful narrative about my own journey. Fear: quotations submitted by the warriors about their worst fears. This book is an empowering exploration of exquisite women! All proceeds from this edition will be donated to an organization supporting women with PD.

This second edition follows the sold out deluxe edition of Exquisite Warriors. All profits from the sale of this second edition artist book will be donated to the following non-profit organizations supporting women with Parkinson’s Disease:

  • Twitchy Woman - Blog, support groups and mentoring for women with PD. Exquisite Warrior first edition scholarships help 10 women to attend 2023 World Parkinson’s Congress in Barcelona. twitchywoman.com

  • Parkinson’s Africa - Providing previously non-existent educational, support and healthcare resources for Africans with PD. Funds from the Exquisite Warriors first edition send staff members to 2023 World Parkinson’s Congress. parkinsonsafrica.org

  • PWR! Parkinson Wellness Recovery - Providing access to cutting-edge Parkinson’s disease-specific exercise programs. Both direct to patients and by certifying therapists and trainers worldwide. Exquisite Warriors first edition provided gym memberships to  disadvantaged women plus grants for therapists in Africa. pwr4life.org

Artist Bio

Laura Russell is a photographer and book artist who creates hand-bound, limited-edition artist books that incorporate photographs of our urban landscape and tell a story about our culture and our communities. She has participated in national and international book arts and fine art exhibitions. Her books are collected by individual collectors and are in major collections at museums, libraries, universities and corporations.