A new poetry and fine art collection by award-winning poet and artist JoAnne McFarland attempts to counteract violent acts with creative output.
A companion piece to the poet and artist's gorgeous and powerful PULLMAN (Grid Books, 2023), A DOMESTIC LOOKBOOK likewise examines themes of labor and love by writing in conversation with the text of Malinda Russell’s A Domestic Cook Book, the first known cookbook published by a Black woman in the United States. In poetic call and response, the poems and art pieces in this collection reflect on a brutal history, attempting to counteract violent acts with creative output. As the poet herself puts it, “each act of making thwarts violence’s aim to destroy.”
Poetry. Art. African & African American Studies. Women's Studies.
JoAnne McFarland is an artist, poet, and curator and the Artistic Director of Artpoetica Project Space in Gowanus, Brooklyn, which exhibits experimental and hybrid works that focus on the intersection of language and visual representation. JoAnne is the former Exhibitions Director of A.I.R. Gallery which was founded in 1972 as the first gallery in the United States specifically for women artists. She has artwork in the permanent collections of the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian, the Library of Congress, the Columbus Museum of Art, and the Department of State, among many others. JoAnne's poetry collections include: Pullman, Tracks of My Tears, Identifying the Body, 13 Ways of Looking at a Black Girl, and Acid Rain. JoAnne has had fellowships at the Painting Center, the Bard Graduate Center Library, KALA Art Institute, the National Arts Club, the Van Alen Institute, and Cave Canem. Her recent exhibitions include Affiliation at the National Arts Club, Queen For a Day at the Bard Graduate Center Library, Rights & Wrongs at the Carroll Mansion in Baltimore, MD, and Best & Brightest and The Indivisible Spectrum, both at the Painting Center in NYC. JoAnne's artwork is represented by Accola Griefen Fine Art.