Sara White holds an MFA in Book Arts from The University of Alabama (2016) and served as resident artist at SCAP (2015-2016). Her artist’s book, RIVERINE, won the 2016 Holle Award for Book Arts. Sara lives in New Orleans, LA and serves as a board member of SIFT, a local book art collective. She currently works as project assistant and educator in the Special Collections & Archives at Loyola University New Orleans and as a conservation technician at the New Orleans Notarial Archives. She makes books and prints under the moniker Alluvium Press, named for sediment shaped and carried by rivers. Her work is represented by Vamp & Tramp booksellers.
RIVERINE is an artist’s book and fragmented essay about a riparian landscape in New Orleans, LA called the ‘batture.’ With letterpress printed imagery and textures of industrial structures and nature that inhabit this landscape located between the man-made levee and Mississippi River along the margins of the city, the book’s text shifts and flows with each page-turn. RIVERINE pays homage to communities that have existed on the batture in homes on stilts throughout history and the liminal experience of living in a place that is neither water nor solid ground, undefinable and always changing. The book is housed in a protective chemise and slipcase box, which lend themselves to the hidden quality of the batture.