Ratify by Julie Shaw Lutts

Ratify was created to support and celebrate the simple, fair concept of the Equal Rights Amendment. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s words are written on the top of the vintage wooden box. Inside are housed soft kid-leather women’s gloves, which I have written on with permanent ink. These pages represent the women who have worked to gain equality under the law. It is an unbelievable truth that the Equal Rights Amendment has yet to be ratified. Yet there is still a chance. Ratification of the ERA is possible, and I am hopeful.

Artist Bio

Julie Shaw Lutts creates artist books exploring themes of feminism, womanhood, science, history, family, and the natural world, using all kinds of media including old photographs, handwritten letters, keepsakes, relics, tintypes, old maps, vintage kid gloves. Each found object has its own story which informs the narrative she creates. Her work is often housed in vintage boxes, each integral to the work. Many of her artist books are unique and have pages which can be held and manipulated by the reader to offer a personalized experience. Shaw Lutts has shown extensively in both solo and group exhibits. Her work is in museum and library collections, including The Tate Britain, The Bodleian Library at Oxford University, Cardiff University, Book Arts Museum Poland, UCLA, Emory U, Baylor, Bowdoin College, Tufts University and Savannah College of Art & Design. She is the creator of the first artist book app, The CuRiOuS Alphabet, which is now available on all devices at https://thecuriousalphabet.net