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Maker(s):Pereira, Lillianna
Culture:American (1980- )
Title:American Visitor (Circular Ruins)
Date Made:2011
Materials:photopolymer intaglio on book page
Measurements:Sheet: 8 1/16 in x 5 1/2 in; 20.5 cm x 14 cm; Plate/Image: 7 7/8 in x 5 1/4 in; 20 cm x 13.3 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2013.06
Credit Line:Purchase, Trinkett Clark Memorial Student Acquisition Fund
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

The image of a woman, the Greek princess Ariadne in the artist's imagination, who sits on a stack of burning books is lightly printed onto a book page in black ink. Parts of the original text show through, and the first paragraph, which lines up with negative space in the collage, can be clearly read: "The American visitor was a young wife with three young children, who told me once that 'in America we believe that children should get their own ideas of right and wrong'".

Label Text:
The text is from the book "American Visitor" by Irish author Joyce Cary. The story is about an anthropologist who travels to the village of Nok in Nigeria. She believes she has found heaven, as the tribesmen are unfettered by the constraints and complications of Western civilization. Her beliefs are challenged as the tribal territories are being taken away from them by white prospectors.

folklore; narrative; mythology; fires; women

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