Amy Pleasant's first monograph, The Messenger's Mouth Was Heavy, released December 2019 from Institute 193 Press and Frank, includes more than 200 pages of the artist's paintings, drawings, and ceramic works, developed in conjunction with her exhibition at Institute 193, titled Someone Before You, on view from November 9 - December 20, 2019. The numerous work reproductions in the book showcase Pleasant's iterative but deeply human process, where she subtly explores the fragmented human form, most often rendered in monochrome. Contributed essays from Katie Geha and Daniel Fuller speak on her work's relation to gesture and language, the graphic underpinnings of Civil Rights movements in the South, and the empathetic possibility of recognizing faces in inanimate objects, a phenomenon known as pareidolia. The Messenger's Mouth Was Heavy Limited Edition includes one hand-painted page by the artist, limited to only 35 copies.
Amy Pleasant: The Messenger's Mouth Was Heavy Limited Edition
Published by Institute 193 in collaboration with Frank
9" x 11.5"/ 248 pages
Concept and Editing:
Amy Pleasant and Michael Aberman
Paul Michael Brown
die Keure, Belgium