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Crowing Hens Bindery is a one-woman bindery and letterpress print shop that specializes in traditional handmade blank books, letterpress printed stationery, limited edition fine art prints, unique book jewelry & letterpress-printed decorative papers. As the owner of a Nashville-based private business, I do my best to honor the heritage of fine craft and art that saturates my community and region. All of my products are designed and made by hand in Nashville, Tennessee from high quality materials available using traditional bookbinding techniques. I aspire to create beautiful, useful work that becomes a part of your everyday life.

Are you a boy or a girl? - Letterpress printed linocut portrait - signed & numbered limited edition of 150

Art Prints

Bookbinding is my passion, and printmaking is my obsession. I am constantly challenging the limits of detail that I can achieve by carving into linoleum. I pull each print one at a time on antique presses and print on archival paper using offset lithography inks and colorfast pigments.

Are you a boy or a girl? - Letterpress printed linocut portrait - signed & numbered limited edition of 150

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Are you a boy or a girl? - Letterpress printed linocut portrait - signed & numbered limited edition of 150

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“Are you a boy or a girl?”

Letterpress printed linocut. Signed & numbered limited edition of 150. 

Image area 3.875" x 6" printed on 5.5" x 8.5" acid free Mohawk Via paper.

Completed January 2017.


This print, entitled, "Are you a boy or a girl?" addresses a lifetime of being perceived as "other" in a society entitled to the comfort of easily identifiable categories.  The intrusive, uncomfortable questions asked by complete strangers are tied to suspicions of sexuality, personality, and personal history. In their minds, my “otherness” grants them the authority to know and distinguish my deviations and provide me with an empirical classification so that I can be neatly indexed, so that others of my kind may be more easily identifiable. As if my appearance, hairstyle, mannerisms, and dress would automatically equate to a simple category. As if I could be defined by appearance alone. As if by appearing “other” I have given up my right to privacy and dignity. I am not yours to codify; I am my own person. I am dignified. I simply am. Let me be.


This image is copyright 2017 Mary Louise Sullivan. Purchase of this print does not transfer any rights to the image. This image may not be reused or reproduced in any way whatsoever.

 

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