It’s Not Black and White

It’s Not Black and White

Artist: Debra Disman

Title: It’s Not Black and White

Attribution: It's Not Black and White, 2021, Debra Disman

Year: 2021

Materials: Bookbinders' board,, canvas, mulberry paper, used typewriter ribbon and hemp cord

Dimensions: 9 x 22 x 7.5"

Image Statement: "It's Not Black and White" draws from the form of the codex book, with strings standing in for pages, and speaks to the increasingly dangerous black and white rhetoric sweeping our planet. Its "bars", alternating stripes of repurposed typewriter tape no longer extant in our world as a modus of communication, and mulberry paper, a "natural" material sourced from a tree, speak to the concurrently increasing level of incarceration of human beings, ideas and freedom. It can be displayed standing up, in any degree of opened or closed on a surface parallel to the floor. When opened, it can span up to 22 inches wide.