Me & Jackie O by Paula Curran

Me & Jackie O contains three narratives which can be read together or separately. The first story set in Frutiger Bold and printed on translucent paper, concerns President and Mrs. Kennedy and their family’s public life. Underneath, on opaque paper, set in Trump Mediaeval, is the second narrative that traces the development of a child’s innocent acceptance of her parent’s values regarding the Kennedy family, to her subsequent obsession with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. When the translucent and opaque pages are read together, a third narrative is produced, detailing the coexistence of the two families.

Artist Bio

Paula Curran began studying the book arts in 2006, participating in workshops at the Des Moines Art Center, Paper, Book Intensive and Penland School of Crafts. She has been teaching graphic design at Iowa State University since 1993. Paula earned a B.A. degree in psychology from Westfield State College, Massachusetts; a B.F.A. from Parsons School of Design; and an from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her artist’s books have been exhibited in regional and national juriedcompetitions. In addition, she has worked collaboratively with architects and landscape architects, designing work for the built environment. The narrative is an important part of her work. Her graphic design work has won awards from national and international graphic design competitions and has been featured in Print and Step-by-Step magazines, and in books such as Great Ideas in Black and White, Great Ideas in Photoshop, Revival of the Fittest, and The Education of a Graphic Designer.