(a) river rising: RISE AND SHINE edition
When we published our first annual anthology: (a) river rising, Anthology of Women’s Voices in the fall of 2019, it included a beautiful selection of art and writings from the five years of women-centered writing circles and art shows we had conducted here in Jacksonville. More than 80 women writers and artists contributed, with cover art by Lana Shuttleworth. Her wall construction of completely recycled materials, titled, “What Lies Beneath,” was featured in the RISE Exhibition, fall 2018.
WHAT LIES BENEATH • Lana Shuttleworth • recycled polyvinyl chloride and x-ray film
What Lies Beneath is a wall construction created from recycled polyvinyl chloride; more specifically, safety cones and x-ray film. Inspired by M.C. Escher’s lithograph titled Three Worlds, this work of art challenges viewers to examine not only the surface of the artwork but also “what lies beneath” the surface. Shards of safety cones float like leaves on the water while a koi cut from x-ray film appears from its depths. What Lies Beneath portrays life as we see it and the world beyond what is in our vision.
(RISE exhibition, Fall 2018)
Here’s what they’re saying about this gorgeous anthology:
“I just finished this new anthology, (a) river rising: anthology of women’s voices, a beautiful project of Women Writing for (a) Change and and the terrific Jennifer Wolfe. It is an honor to be included in a publication with so many beautiful images and words. And I appreciate how sweetly the collaboration with Yellow House is represented. Congrats to Jennifer and all who lifted their voices…together.” — Hope McMath, Yellow House
“Congratulations on putting together this magnificent anthology. Such amazing women’s stories! I’ve been really impressed with what I’ve read and seen in this beautiful, first-class publication. Thank you for including my work. I’m very proud to be in the company of all these talented artists and writers!”
—Mindy Hawkins, artist
“I am so honored to be in the anthology. Your river rises and shapes the circle of community in a meaningful and important ways.”—Woody Winfree, writer
“I have been deeply moved many times between the art and the writing.”—Joni Roberts, writer
“I’m so impressed with the stories and poems. I love the prompts interspersed throughout to get you thinking. I also love the artwork from so many talented artists. I am so honored to have a piece of my art included in this publication.”—Penny Edwards