Based on Giovanni's Room, by James Baldwin, this is Hella's tale, told today. The details are different, and even more complicated, but the story is the same. It is always the same: the woman's narrative defined by the man's story. This is the story of a Hella, whose husband leaves her to contemplate transitioning to a female lifestyle.


The format is a handmade book, told in 25 panels of archival paper that loosely form a narrative. The panels are mixed media: ink, pencil, charcoal, newspaper, ink transfer, leather, string, twine. The text is sparse and interspersed within the visuals. The book is housed in a metal container, within which lies the secrets neither knows how to own.