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Amelia Bird
Anna Daedalus
Bonnie Thompson Norman
Bryan Kring
Carrie L. Larson
Casey Gardner
Cathryn Miller
Charlene Asato
Christine Martell
Colin Frazer
Cynthia Colbert
Cynthia Nourse Thompson
Dennis Yuen
Emily Martin
Erin Sweeney
Heather Doyle-Maier
Heather Kasvinsky
Joanne Price
Joshua Orr
Karen Chew & Nanette Wylde
Karen Kunc
Kelly Parsell
Kyle Holland
Laurie Weiss
Lesley Mitchell
Linda K Johnson
Lori Reed
Marie Marcano
Merike van Zanten
Peggy Johnston
Ravi Shukla + S. Arden Hill
Rebecca Chamlee
Rebecca Childers
Sammy Seung-min Lee
Sarah McDermott
Servane Briand
Sun Young Kang
Turner Hilliker


Kelly Parsell

Chicago, Illinois


My Spanish Journal Revisited

paper, ribbons, crayon, ink

8¼ x 5¼ x ½ closed; 8¼ x 10½ x ¼ open

edition of 100

© 2010


This piece investigates the liminal space between childhood and adulthood by juxtaposing two texts: My Spanish Journal—a child’s text of funny and intimate stories focusing on Spanish vocabulary—and A Lesson in Color—a poem written by the child, now grown, that details her experiences traveling in Mexico. Through examining the culture and colors, she recalls the traumatic event from her childhood (i.e., the erased pages of child’s text). What results is a strange and often disquieting play between the two texts, colors, and realms of girlhood and womanhood. Images and text by the artist.

Kelly Parsell is a Chicago-based artist and writer. She received her M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts from Columbia College in 2010. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and can be found in numerous libraries and collections.