Melinda Yale ~ New York

Melinda Yale: "Comics, animation and illustration often use humor to examine subject matter that may be difficult to discuss in other ways. My art uses aspects of this visual and conceptual framework: simplified and humorous forms, invented imagery, and fabricated situations, for a similar pursuit."

What Mom Says
By Melinda Yale
Rosendale, New York: Women's Studio Workshop, 2008. Edition of 60.

9.5 x 8 x .5"; 34 pages. Silkscreen printed in 13 colors on Lenox 100 paper. Quarter-bound in cloth covers.

Women's Studio Workshop: "A prose-poem memoir told in fragmented narrative with colorful illustrations and quotes from the artist's mother."

Yale's book takes a look at self-esteem and coming of age as it is affected by childhood experiences – especially the relationship with a parent. The cuteness of the layout and images belies the power of the struggle evinced by What Mom Says.

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Written and illustrated by Melinda Yale
Lincoln, Nebraska: Melinda Yale, 2004. Edition of 10.

5.5 x 5" closed; 16 pages. Accordion structure. Letterpress printed. Aquatint illustrations. Paper wraps with illustration on front cover.

A class in scuba diving, an old farm, a three-year-old, an accident, a death.

Melinda Yale: "Melinda Yale is a book artist with a practice that also includes work in printmaking, papermaking, and drawing. Her projects explore the interconnections between the physiological and the psychological. Informed by social observation and the subconscious, her work comments on how we respond to the tensions and anxieties of a complex world....

"Her artist’s books are often autobiographical, narrative and absurdist, incorporating themes of language, meaning and personal/familial relationships."


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