|Title||Head Lines: Worlds Warning|
|Artist / Creator||Bea Nettles|
|Artist's Nationality||United States|
|Place of Publication||Urbana, IL|
|Process / Technique||Digital|
|Number of Images||4 pages printed both sides|
|Structure / Binding||Accordion|
|Number of Pages||4 pages printed both sides|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||8.5 x 4.75 x .125 inches closed. Opens to 19 inches.|
|Edition Size||Variable Edition Artist Book|
|Box / Wrapper||Printed paper slipcase|
|Signed & Numbered||Signed by the Artist|
Head Lines: Worlds Warning by Bea Nettles
During my travels to cemeteries since 2011, I have photographed almost seven thousand last names on headstones that are parts of speech. With these words I have created poems that investigate language, history, and some of life’s events. Near this summer’s end, I wrote my chronology of the outbreak of COVID19 from its arrival through the end of August 2020. The surnames Novel, Corona, Virus, Malady, Mask, Levels, Fiasco, Tweet, Layoff, Furlough, Science, Doom and Hope were all particularly evocative.
Artist BioThe 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 and appears in a major retrospective monograph Harvest of Memory: Bea Nettles. 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, Spring 2018 and Fall 1999. Interviews appear in Ampersand, Fall 2005; on a podcast from University of Alabama, and a range of videos 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.