Kathy T. Hettinga ~ Pennsylvania

Like Bees Consumed as Burning Thorns
Narrative Reflection

By Kathy T. Hettinga
Dillsburg, Pennsylvania: Kathy T. Hettinga, 2011. Edition of 25.

3 x 4"; 14 pages. Flutter book. Printed on archival inkjet on Mohawk Superfine 100lb text. Printed in Minisystem and Arial Narrow fonts. Wrap around cover. Endsheets of straw/handmade rice paper. Signed and numbered by the artist.

The artists' book as personal narrative of faith and courage.

Kathy Hettinga: "In the book modern day enemies – such as cancer and others unnamed – swarm like bees, yet are consumed as burning thorns. The book contains digital images of my own cancer cells, and vector illustrated bees. ... The book begins at the beehive in Christ in the Desert (NM) with Sister Benedicta using her scapular to chase bees from my hair."

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the Madonna hears: your prayers your petitions prejudicial statements
I am NOT AFRAID of pink anymore [are you?]
BLUE is better [everyone knows]

By Kathy T. Hettinga
Dillsburg, Pennsylvania: Kathy T. Hettinga, 2009. Edition of 20.

Three one-sheet books, each an 8-page pamphlet (6 x 8.5") that opens into a 17 x 25" poster. Printed on an Epson printer with archival inks onto Mohawk Superfine (100lb. text, eggshell, soft white). Fonts: DIN, Caslon Old Face.

In 'the Madonna hears' (Book 1) quotations are attributed to original sources, and the small images of Madonnas are documented as to location. Using quotations drawn from women's narratives that span the 1930s to the 1980s, the first book, 'the Madonna hears,' looks at the historical prejudice women encountered in employment interviews, gaining admission to medical schools, and the like during much of the 20th century. The Madonna images are folk art forms from the cemeteries in the San Luis Valley, an expansive alpine valley in Colorado and New Mexico.

Kathy Hettinga: "The second book, I am NOT AFRAID of pink anymore [are you?], takes the topic further with a bit of humor. Pink paint and pink plastic flowers (also from the San Luis Valley cemeteries) fill the pages, and the book opens into a large Madonna poster with a pink petunia.

"The third and final book, BLUE is better [everyone knows], has blue paint, blue silk flowers, and blue ribbons, yet ironically also has a good deal of pink and yellow. This book opens to a poster of a blue-clad ceramic Madonna on a wood stake with a broken crown of pink flowers and a wrought iron fence in the background."

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Cupid's Cay, Bahamas, 1994-2007
Governor's Harbor, Eleuthera

By Kathy T. Hettinga
Dillsburg, Pennsylvania: Kathy T. Hettinga, 2007. Edition of 20.

7 x 8.25"; 35 pages with many foldouts, some scored vertically so that by folding and unfolding multiple views are possible. Archival inkjet on Epson 4000. Spiral bound. Font: Annifont and Faceplate Sans LE. Papers: Mohawk Superfine 100 lb (text); German Etch (cover); newsprint rice (endsheets).

A photographic documentation of the passing of a decade-plus on Eleuthera one of the out islands of the Bahamas) which was the first republic in the New World, and the first European Settlement in the Bahamas.

Kathy T. Hettinga: "I have extensively photographed the island of Eleuthera, as well as Harbour Island, and Spanish Wells, beginning in 1994, continuing in 1997, 1999, 2001, and 2007, while co-leading a Cross-cultural course for Messiah College students....

"This book focuses on the settlement of Cupid's Cay, and also includes some of my first experiences. The most seminal is that of Mrs. Sawyer singing gospel songs, and playing her tambourine in her modest home on Harbour Island. Her generosity in using her last sugar to bake us a cake stays in my memory....

"The way the Bahamians live graciously with natural beauty, often in poverty, reminds me inexplicably of the poor rural area where I grew up — the San Luis Valley in Southern Colorado. In the settlements of Eleuthera, I have photographed the same colorful homes, many times through the years. These are arranged chronologically, showing changes over more than a decade. The effects of time visible."

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