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Artist's book - Giving fear a proper name : Detroit
  • Giving fear a proper name : Detroit
    Grant, Susan kae
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Giving fear a proper name : Detroit

  • Object:

    Artist's book

  • Place of origin:

    Dallas (published)

  • Date:

    1984 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Grant, Susan kae (artist)
    Black Rose Press (publisher)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    National Art Library

Artist's book which explores the nature of phobia, based upon Grant's experiences as a resident of inner-city Detroit.

"In the Summer of 1979 I moved to Detroit, Michigan. The following images are interpretations of dreams, recollections, fears, nightmares and day to day experiences that were recorded in a journal from 1979-1981". from the introduction.

This small square book is bound in innocuous looking pink material, the only indication of the sinister content is a small cap-gun on the end of a ribbon for use as a book-mark.

The book contains miniature tableaux depicting phobias along with a text relating to the phobia. The depictions use a variety of disturbing materials, such as hair, pins and human teeth. The collaged illustrations have a photographic portrait element, lending them anatomical authority of a distinctly alarming nature.

Library's copy is no. 11, signed by the artist.

Physical description

Each double page opening comprises a text relating to a named phobia and a collage which consists of a black and white photograph of the artist overlaid and stitched through with pins, hair, nylon thread and wire.

Miniature cap gun attached with thread acts as a book mark.

"The photographs are contact prints from segments of the body that have been collaged, sewn, painted and probed. They also contain hair, teeth, a miniature telephone, barbed wire, and various other three dimensional objects" -- Artist's statement.

"The text is Palatino Roman printed on paper made by Blake Alexander. The boxes were constructed by Brad Metcalf. In a limited edition of fifteen..." -- Colophon.

The book is bound in pink cadillac car vinyl between boards in a hollow back binding and tied with black ribbon.
"Housed in a simulated bullet proof case" -- Artist's statement.

19 leaves

Place of Origin

Dallas (published)


1984 (published)


Grant, Susan kae (artist)
Black Rose Press (publisher)


Height: 15 cm

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Artist's book, 'Giving fear a proper name : Detroit', by Susan kae Grant, Black Rose Press, Texas, 1984


Artists' Books; National Art Library


National Art Library

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