Void, edition of 2 artist books. Text by Liz Egan and edited selections from additional Pink House Defenders. 24”x19”x1.5” closed, 48”x19” open. Secret Belgian binding, CNC plasma cut steel covers, artist made papers from her old bedsheets and denim, iron, rust, thread, and paint, 2023.

The artist books Void are made using iron dust as a primary printing material through which viewers learn the impact of the overturning of Roe v. Wade through the Pink House Defenders‘ experience. In the fall of 2023, Tordella-Williams and former Defender Liz Egan invited reflections on the closing of the Jackson Women’s Health Organization (colloquially known as the Pink House) and the end to their work as clinic escorts in Mississippi. Egan edited those texts with her own experience into the codex of Void.

The books were printed as a variable edition of two onto mended bed sheet papers using iron dusted through laser cut paper stencils. . Each signature was then rusted and sealed. Tordella-Williams made the paper from her own used bed sheets, a material embedded with the sites of copulation, bleeding, sweat, and dreaming. The mended areas of the paper look like craters or puckered scars and vary from page to page. The signatures are bound using a secret Belgian binding and have CNC plasma cut covers. The back cover features the Pink House cut in negative. While the covers show hints of white paint that are rusted and worn, the interiors are a bright pink to represent the Pink House’s color and vibrant tenacity. The piece commemorates those who preserved access to healthcare that once was tenuously available to all Mississippians. These books serve as a memorial to a community and to the void left behind by the fall of Roe v. Wade.

Installation images of both editions in the solo exhibition Dark Matter in the Hudson Galleries at the Mississippi University for Women.

Liz Egan

Liz Egan teaches creative writing and directs the McMullan Writers Workshops at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. She holds an MFA from George Mason University and her fiction has appeared in This Is What America Looks Like, MAYDAY Magazine, SFWP Quarterly, ink&coda, and Parhelion, and was listed as a 2016 Gertrude Stein Award Finalist.


Sculptor uses paper made of bedsheets, iron to remember ‘Pink House’, by Abigail Sipe Rochester, The Dispatch, Columbus, MS, Jan 27, 2024