By Laura Duffy
Edited by Petra Collins
Foreword by Tavi Gevinson
Yesterday I received a package in the mail.
I screamed, I sang, I instagrammed, I spilt coffee on it, I wiped coffee off with a baby wipe, I loved it.
Babe is edited by Petra Collins who is a young American female photographer, she has written a small essay at the beginning to create context. Outlining her need to create something that reflects her experience of being in the world, rather than a reflection of the superimposed being in the world from popular culture and societal constructs. The mixed media creation features collage, photographs, sculpture, drawings and dabbles in a wee bit of poetry. In the foreword by Tavi Genvison, she discusses female artist in a male-dominated world. Considering exploring sexuality in a non-objectifying + non-male gaze way.
An all female ensemble of artists came together, some I knew, and some I didn’t. With the basic knowledge of the editorial process as well as the real life object of the book I came across new artists within the contextualisation of values and ideas as well as aesthetics.
So basically, if Petra and Tavi think that these artists are worthy of being in their beautiful book, they must be doing some pretty cool and interesting stuff. A great opportunity for emerging artists to gain exposure.
Petra currently utilises interesting dissemination strategies such as Instagram and Tumblr, it comes as a natural progression bring out a book and release it into the mainstream – the very thing Petra is critiquing. It really is exciting to hold a tangible object after viewing art online so regularly. The photographs within the book are high quality and slick, some taking up the page, some in an asymmetrical form. Laid differently for the different presentation intentions of each artists. Printed in Slovakia the hard covered book is an absolute beaut, an object which will hold value for a long time.
5 STARZ GURLZ, LUV UR WERK xox