A Woman Traveling Alone
Three of the pieces include erasure of vintage etiquette books, which laid out rules for women on everything from table manners to traveling--'A Woman Traveling Alone,' 'A Light You Find Above Your Head,' and 'Breakable Between Layers.' The last piece is a collaboration between myself and singer/ song writer MaCall Potter, whose handwritten song lyrics make up the background as a British WWII nurse climbs a ladder to the stars. Oil pastels, vintage clippings, and gold leaf are the primary ingredients.
L.I. Henley was born and raised in the Mojave Desert towns of Joshua Tree and Landers. A visual artist and writer, she is the author of six books including Starshine Road, which won the 2017 Perugia Press Prize, and the poetry and art book From the Moon, as I Fell with artist Zara Kand. A childhood spent in the desert attracted her to the risk, disappointment, and surprise of mixed media. Her artwork has appeared in Waxwing, Thrush, The Indianapolis Review, Candyfloss, Arthole, Adroit, Kolaj, and elsewhere. Find her at www.lihenley.com.