Light Gold: Visual Art by Joelle Riffle

Light Gold Spread 4

A three-page spread.

The far left page is white with a bright pink stripe running vertically down the left side. B&w images of flowers run down the center. Black text reads: “the tree that i come from is / multi-dimensional / matriarchal / mysterious / magical / i have questions that i am either too old or too young to ask about the people whose names i claim whose features i bear whose decisions have placed me here”

The center page is yellow. The upper two thirds black text reads: “YOUR FAMILY TREE GROWS STRONG AND TALL. THE ROOTS ARE DEEP AND UNDENIABLE. THEY CONTINUE GROWING OUT OF YOUR FRONT YARD AND UNDER THE SIDEWALK. THE CEMENT ABOVE WILL CRACK AND RIPPLE. my sister’s front bike tire WILL HIT THE FISSURE HARD AND FAST AND SHE WILL FALL. SHE BREAKS HER ARM ON MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND. / MY FAMILY TREE IS GROWS FAR AND WIDE like ivy, practically a weed. DIFFICULT TO DRAW AND NO DISCERNIBLE ORIGIN. IT SEEKS LIKE AND MOISTURE AND OTHERS LIKE IT. IT IS EASILY OBLITERATED, TORCHED OR RIPPED APART BY A HOMEOWNER. WE ARE REALLY MORE LIKE MORNING GLORIES.” There is an overlayed b&w image of a stitched fabric flower in the lower third.

The far right page is green and features a b&w image of a young girl, smiling. Text reads “Joelle Dianne Riffle / Daughter of Jennifer Riffle / Granddaughter of Joelle M. Riffle (Cheney) / and James R. Riffle. / Sister of Malachi Hamilton and / Megan Riffle Desmond.”

 

Joelle Riffle Bio PicJoelle Riffle is a designer from Cleveland, OH living in Brooklyn, NY. She graduated from Parsons School of Design with a BFA in Communication Design and a commitment to make use of her art and design skills in service of people. She runs a blog called as little fear and her work can be found online at her website.

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