A Cookbook is a facsimile of artist Dorothy Iannone’s emotionally and sexually charged recipe book created in 1969. Full of visual delights, A Cookbook contains densely decorated pages with patterned designs, packed text and vibrant colours. Personal sentences are interspersed among the lists of ingredients, revealing the exultations and tribulations of the artist’s life between the lines of recipes.
Artist(s) Dorothy Iannone
Publisher Frans Masereel Centrum
Since the 1960s, Dorothy Iannone has aimed at representing ecstatic love, “the union of gender, feeling and pleasure.” Today her oeuvre, encompassing paintings, drawings, collages, videos, sculptures, objects and artist’s books, is widely recognized as one of the most provocative and fruitful bodies of work on political and feminist issues and on the liberalization of female sexuality within Western culture.
Filled with wit, wordplay and idiosyncratic thoughts — ”At least one can turn pain to colour” accompanies the recipe for gazpacho; “Dorothy’s spirit is like this: green and yellow,” is written next to the ingredients for lentil soup — this artist book can be read as a self-portrait created during the time Iannone was living with Swiss artist Dieter Roth.
This publication is a facsimile of the 1969-original, now published in collaboration with Frans Masereel Centrum in Kasterlee, Belgium. Dust jacket designed by the Dorothy Iannone.