Interpreting the System: Immigration and Incarceration in Book Arts

Tona Wilson
March 04, 2019
Scripps College Hampton Room

Tona Wilson will talk about her artist’s books dealing with immigration, the courts, and the incarceration of immigrants. She will discuss these books within the context of her other work, experiences, and influences.


Wilson is an artist working in book arts, painting, and video. Her silkscreen-printed artist’s books Stories Behind Bars and Dress Code Strictly Enforced relate directly to her day job as a Spanish court interpreter translating for immigrants in courtrooms, jails and prisons. Her narrative gouache and oil paintings also reflect her work experience; and her complex four-channel stop-motion animated video, Crossing Paths, tells stories of migration. She studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina for many years. Wilson now lives and works in New York’s Hudson Valley.
A painting of a person in an orange jumpsuit behind prison cell bars.

For additional information, contact Professor Tia Blassingame at [email protected].


Please note that Frederic W. Goudy Lectures are free and open to the public.

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