Light Gold: Visual Art by Joelle Riffle

Light Gold Spread 1

A three-page spread.

The far left page is cream with a wide yellow vertical stripe. The text is in a variety of fonts and thicknesses; it reads: “YOU SHOULD BE A MODEL! OR AN ACTRESS! YOU CAN PLAY ANYTHING. INTERESTING. NON THREATENING. DOMESTIC. EXOTIC. APPROPRIATE. DECORATIVE. I’M SORRY I DISAPPOINT. I HAVE NO “OTHER” CULTURE LANGUAGE RELIGION. TO OFFEND OR DISRUPT WHICH MAKES US BOTH FEEL    S   A   F   E.”

The center page is white with cream, yellow, green (vertical) and maroon (horizontal) stripes. Upper third text reads: “PART I. LIGHT” In the middle third are three maps overlayed on one another; the center reads: “Ohio.” Lower third text reads: “2001. i arrive at geneology day with my first incomplete assignment and no treat to share. there names on my family tree are not filled in. i hand in a construction paper with a pasted printout outline of india, a place no one i know has been to or knows anything about in my house. i feel embarrassment, shame over this.”

The far right page is yellow with a green stripe running horizontal along the bottom. Widely spaced letters read: “DEDICATED TO THE WOMEN WHO MADE ME / JENNIFER MEGAN LYNN ALEXANDRIA / JOELLE JENNIFER MARY DIANNE / EVA MARGARET SOPHIA “PEG” / KATIE BRITTON BETH ALEXANDRA / SOFIA BRITNEY MARGARITA MICHELLE / SEEMA ELIZABETH “SCARLETT” ANNE / SIMONE / RAE”

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