Ecotopian Library

We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit. -- e. e. cummings

Lorna Simpson
III (Three Wishbones in a Wooden Box), 1994
Wood, bronze, clay, rubber


Blair Butterfield
Learning to Love in the Anthropocene, 2019
Typewritten paper, 25 envelopes in a wooden box




Lorna Simpson is best known for her photography, which often combines images of Black women with text as a way to explore society’s relationship with race, sex, and ethnicity. Frequently elusive, her works involve the viewer in the creation of their meaning while also confronting the viewer with the underlying racism still found in American culture. Simpson’s work has grown to include sculpture, allowing the artist another method for exploring the relationship between words and image. With III (Three Wishbones in a Wood Box), Simpson deepens that focus, centering on the wishbone, a key image throughout her work. Drawing on the metaphorical meanings of the project’s materials, Simpson used III as both an examination of and a meditation on the act of wishing.