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OHIO Celebrates Juneteenth

Ohio University Libraries is pleased to present acquisitions made in honor of Ohio University's annual Juneteenth celebration.

11033 by IBe’ Bulinda Crawley

11033 (Rosendale, NY: Women's Studio Workshop, 2022) is one in an edition of fifty-two by IBe' Bulinda Crawley, founder of IBe' Arts.

"11033 is the artist’s meditation on the feelings and experiences of Mary Morst, a black woman in the Virginia State Penitentiary in 1921. Imprisoned behind the black bars of the book’s cover, 11033 centers Mary’s complex life and shares her story as an imprisoned murderer and the mother of twin children born ‘behind bars.’ This sculptural artist’s book incorporates embedded copies of archival documents, including newspaper clippings, letters, and pardon applications alongside a fictional text woven poetically throughout the historical narrative. 

The inspiration for this project grew from IBe’ Crawley’s research into the untold stories of women and girls impacted by oppressive Virginia laws and continued enslavement. Unlike most black women and girls, Mary Morst’s story is recorded because of her relationship to the penal system. IBe’ Crawley conducted research at Virginia State Library, where all the prison records for Morst are publicly available. 

11033 is constructed using handmade flax and abaca paper, with shaped pages that present the silhouette of a pregnant body. The textblock incorporates a central clay figure providing structural support for the book to stand upright, mirroring the enclosure of a prison cell." (from Women's Studio Workshop)

a long brown envelope stamped with
a 3/4 view of artists' book 11033, standing up on its spine so that the pages of the book are slightly fanned open. most of the pages are cut so that the fore edge is in the silhouette of a pregnant person
artists' book 11033 open to a page showing brown, rustic pages some squared off and others in the shape of a pregnant person. the opened pages show handwritten and typed text
artists' book opened to a page, taken from an angle so that the bottom edge of the book is at a downward angle toward the viewer. the page shows a torn, rustic photograph of a black woman from the 19th century in profile. the caption of the photograph reads
a detailed shot of the pages of artists' book 11033, showing browned, torn edges, the profile of a young Black woman from the 19th century, and reproductions of handwritten and typed text