Books: Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Artist: Jennifer Newlin
Artist’s Statement: The message of this piece is that a current Midwestern initiative to ban American writer Kurt Vonnegut’s 1969 novel Slaughterhouse-Five is as irra-tional and ridiculous as many of the core issues in provocateur and World War II veteran Vonnegut’s works. Kurt Vonnegut died in 2007, and this piece also pays tribute to American writer Ray Bradbury, who died in the summer of 2012. Bradbury’s 1953 novel Fahrenheit 451 is about a future in which books are not just banned, but burned, in a world that is highly invest-ed in revolving around electronic media. The medium used for this piece, hand-printed rubber stamp letters and numbers, reflects my connection and reverence for the printed word.