Witness and Response: September 11 Acquisitions at the Library of Congress

This book is by Kitty Caparella, a reporter and artist living in Philadelphia. Entitled The Message, the unopened volume is a three-inch square white silk book, tied by a muslin sash. The book is designed to be opened slowly, revealing a swastika shape formed by the red-smeared faces of terrorists with an image of the bombed World Trade buildings at the center. The printed faces are painted with water color and acrylics, and a Middle Eastern design is stamped on the back of the mug shots. The work won the Rose and Ben Wolf Printmaking Department Prize at the 101st Annual Student Exhibition of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. It was donated by the artist and will become part of the artists' books collection in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library.

Kitty Caparella. The Message, 2002. Left Image - Right Image. White silk cover with muslin sash, watercolor and acrylic on paper. Rare Book and Special Collections Division (233a,b)

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