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23 Sandy Gallery in Portland, Oregon is pleased to present *Lady Vengeance*–
*Artist Books by British Artist Sarah Bodman* March 6 – 28, 2009.

You can view a full online catalog of Bodman’s show at

Bodman’s inspiration is the darker side of nature, human nature and history.
Like a beautiful poisonous flower, her limited edition, handmade books open
with images that lure the viewer in by making the subject look attractive.
Using techniques such as screen-printing, letterpress, watercolor and now
predominately digital photography, Bodman explores historical events,
manipulating them to reinterpret the notions of nature (and human nature) as
something beautiful and safe. But, what lies beneath must be, of course,
very sinister.

For example, her book, *Livia’s Garden*, is a tour of the garden of Livia,
the wife of Augustus Caesar, who used her knowledge of “medicinal” plants to
remove any obstacles that threatened the stability of the Imperial family in
Rome. In another edition, *Viola*, Bodman brought us the fictional account
of a serial killer baker, who developed such a taste for parties that she
began to arrange certain events in order to bake and ice more cakes.

Bodman is Research Fellow at the Centre for Fine Print Research at the
University of West England in Bristol where she runs projects investigating
and promoting contemporary book arts. She is the editor of the *Artist's
Book Yearbook* and *The Blue Notebook,* a journal for artist books; and
writes a regular news column on artist books for ARLIS UK, *Ireland
News-Sheet* and the journal *Printmaking Today.* Bodman is the author
of *Creating
Artists’ Books* published by Watson-Guptill in 2007. Bodman’s artist books
are included in many collections all over the world.

Titles of Exhibition:  Lady Vengeance – Artist Books by Sarah Bodman

Dates:  March 6 - 28, 2009

Location:  23 Sandy Gallery, 623 NE 23rd Avenue, Portland, OR 97232

Gallery Hours:  Thursday-Saturday, Noon - 6:00 p.m. and by appointment

Gallery Web Site:  www.23sandy.com

Online Catalog: http://www.23sandy.com/Bodman/Catalog.html

Laura Russell
23 Sandy Gallery
623 NE 23rd Avenue
Portland, OR 97232
Phone: 503-927-4409
Email: 23sandygallery@xxxxxxxxx
Web site: www.23Sandy.com

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