Cultivating Book and Land

book front and back cover with images of clouds and text that reads (for example, pictures of empty sky)
(for example, pictures of empty sky), Sally Alatalo 2018

Sally Alatalo’s practice coalesces around a habit of parsing the quotidian for all it’s worth, and percolates in the hybrid realms of language collage, visual poetry, artists’ books, unruly archives and performative events. Her current projects originate in the rehabilitation of an orchard and woodlands in rural SW Michigan as a site to investigate agri/horti/cultur/al practices, and where she is eager to bridge her interests in language and its dissemination with the discourses of rural economies. Alatalo has performed her texts at the Poetry Foundation and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Room Gallery in Rotterdam, The Poetry Society in London, and exhibited her work at museums, galleries and artist book fairs across the globe, including in New York, Los Angeles, London, Hamburg and Seoul. She is Professor and Chair of the Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


Support for Center for Book Arts’ visual arts programming is provided, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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Cultivating Book and Land: Sally Alatalo
Cultivating Book and Land: Sally Alatalo (2018) Center for Book arts
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Nebulous Lunatic, Sally Alatalo
book cover that reads Plasticarium Prospectus
Plasticarium Prospectus, Sally Alatalo 2018
Migratory Narrative, Sally Alatalo
book front and back cover with images of clouds and text that reads (for example, pictures of empty sky)
(for example, pictures of empty sky), Sally Alatalo 2018
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