Veronica De Jesus, Memorial Drawings, 2004-2016

Veronica De Jesus, Memorial Drawings, 2004-2016

Artist’s book

With text by Garrett Caples: Pictures of Gone Worlds: Lives of Veronica De Jesus.

RITE Editions, San Francisco, 2017. Artist’s book. Color and black and white. Soft, french fold cover. Stitch bound. Edition of 500. 6 × 9" (portrait). Designed by Becca Lofchie and printed in Hong Kong. 288 pages.

To be released in Fall 2017, to coincide with her Berkeley Art Museum Exhibition.


Veronica De Jesus worked on memorial drawings for 7 years. From 2004-2016, the artist commemorated people she knew or who inspired her in some way. She made over 300 portraits, most of which were exhibited in the window of Dog-Eared Books in the Mission District of San Francisco. The project was beloved, and now is recalled by those sidewalk-passerbys who slowed down and took a moment to remember. The proposed book will offer a summation of the completed memorial project. And the publication, like much of De Jesus’s work, will reflect on loss and how it plays out over time.