Street Angels 2011
Shellie Jacobson, USA
|While I was considering joining the
Al-Mutanabbi Street Begins Here book project,
I was painfully reminded of the history of burned books. Two incidents
immediately came to mind: the Alexandria Library in ancient Egypt
and the German book conflagrations of Kristallnacht before the Second
World War. Although books can be physically destroyed by fire, I
believe the ideas and energy once contained within them never perish.
The intention of this book is to offer primal protection for the
contemporary ideas newly emerging from the Street. To begin, my
marks are letters and words of ancient Semitic languages; connecting
with regional roots as well as my own ancient roots. These languages
are also woven into the tradition of protection against the evil
eye. Perhaps Street Angels may not provide real protection against
On the other hand, these angels might help closely guard the ideas
we strive to preserve. My print imagery was inspired by the Manuscript
of Practical Kabbalah depicting angels,
Street Angels is dedicated to all authors
who risk speaking, writing and publishing their work. It is the
loose or scattered pages they leave for me to gather from the Street
and bind together. These are the memory pages that form new beginnings.
Shellie Jacobson was born in Buffalo, New York. She attended Carnegie-Mellon
University (BFA) and completed graduate studies at Rutgers, the
State University (Ed.D). She maintains her studio in Skillman, New
Jacobson has been creating artists books for more than 10 years.
She was a visiting artist at the Experimental Printmaking Institute
at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. Her books were included
in group exhibitions in many US cities as well as Costa Rica, Mexico
and England. Her books are in permanent collections at the Newark
Public Library, Ben Shahn Gallery and are published in Lark Books
500 Handmade Books.