Modeling the Message

Alisa Banks
February 06, 2020
Scripps College Hampton Room


The physical aspects of the book can be manipulated to communicate an idea. Throughout the creation of a work, the artist is challenged to make decisions that will enhance the relationship between the model and the message. Alisa will discuss this relationship by referencing several of her projects, and will provide insight on her decision-making processes.



Alisa Banks is a visual artist who creates sculptural books, textile collage, and mixed-media work to address identity politics; she frequently incorporates fibers and found materials that reference traditional craft techniques. Her work has been exhibited in Canada, Europe, Asia, and throughout the US, and is housed in several private and public collections, including the Smithsonian Institute, the US Library of Congress, and the New York Public Library. Alisa received her BS in Medical Technology from Oklahoma State University and her MFA in Art from Texas Woman’s University. She lives in Dallas, TX.


A small container opened to reveal dark brown, curly hair.


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


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