… adept and affecting in a touch, a sound,
a glance in ways that transcend borders of culture, place,
religion, being, thinking, time, and hate.
“* The Asterisk, or Maybe” from the artist’s book A Love Story, Primrose Press, 2018
Tia Blassingame is a book artist and printmaker exploring the intersection of race, history, and perception. Utilizing printmaking and book arts techniques, she renders racially-charged images and histories for a nuanced discussion on issues of race and racism. Blassingame holds a B.A. from Princeton University, M.A. from Corcoran College of Art + Design, and M.F.A. in Printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design. She has been an artist-in-residence at Yaddo and MacDowell Colony. Her artists’ books and prints can be found in library and museum collections around the world including the Library of Congress, Harvard, Yale, University of Virginia, the State Library of Queensland, and Tate Britain. Her writing is featured in Freedom of the Presses: Artists’ Books in the 21st Century, an upcoming Booklyn publication. Blassingame teaches Book Arts at Scripps College, and serves as the director of Scripps College Press, an experimental letterpress and bookbinding studio.