Veronica De Jesus, People are a light to Love, Memorial Drawings, 2004-2016

Veronica De Jesus, People are a light to Love, Memorial Drawings, 2004–2016

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

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

Edition of 500


The book is available at Dog-Eared Books in the Mission District, Anglim Gilbert Gallery, Minnesota Street Project, and will be for sale at the Berkeley Art Museum Bookstore this fall to coincide with Veronica De Jesus’s Memorial Drawing Exhibition, at Berkeley Art Museum, opening October 25, 2017.

Veronica De Jesus worked on memorial drawings for 12 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.