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Coffey Residency for Book Arts
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'God's Battle Axe'

'God’s Battle Axe', pays homage to Zora Neale Hurston’s inspiration and creative process for her last unpublished manuscript ‘Herod the Great’. Through research of the Zora Neale Hurston Papers,( [sketch book], Zora Neale Hurston Papers, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida), and published works that reveal the influences of religion in her early life, this work in an ode to Zora Neale Hurston's courage to deviate from her accepted canonical work.
Through an embedded QR code, 'God’s Battle Axe', links to Zora’s 1955 handwritten and signed letter to Margrit Sabloniere in which she describes ‘ Life of Herod the Great’ as such..
“I am trying something more difficult than ever before.” 

[Hurston,Z.N. Handwritten Letter], Zora Neale Hurston Papers, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

Size: Dimensions: 7” x 10” x 6” H
Weight: 4.5 pounds
Media: Wood, concrete, caulk, pigments (water color, pen and ink, acrylic), textile (velvet), faux ostrich feathers, artifacts (vintage brooch), glass (mosaic tiles), linoleum, printmaking ink, paper, black and white archival photo prints. 
Exterior Box Structure: Wood box draped in ruched velvet fabric.

Edition Size: 5

University of Florida, George A. Smathers Library


Tell Us How You Really Feel
Never Forget No. 2

'Never Forget' No. 1

"Never Forget" no. 1 is an edition of 10 works. Each number serves as a visual response to crimes committed against black bodies, both past and present as well as those persons whose lives will forever impact our society.

Materials: wood, fibers, linoleum relief print, paper, paint

Adinkra Symbols
Odo Nnyew Fie Kwan - "Love never loses its way home"
Sankofa- "Learn from the past"




Tell Us How You Really Feel

Art As A Tool To 

Communicate Complex Emotions

Drexel University, Rincliffe Gallery

"Exhibition from December 1, 2022 through June 1, 2023. Tell Us How You Really Feel! is an exhibition of student, faculty and alumni artwork examining the aforementioned concepts. Contributing artists are asked to consider the following prompt: "Create a visual representation of a time in your life when you felt emotion that was too hard to put into words."

Harvard University
The University of Puget Sound
Oberlin College
Scripps College
University of Georgia Athens, UGA


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Telfair Museum's Jepson Center, Savannah Georgia

The hyphenated title, Re-Cor-Dare, highlights the definition of the word “record” through its  Latin roots―explicitly “Cor” (heart) and “Dare” (to give). Through five distinct but  interconnecting series, Mitchell traces the legacies of slavery in the United States from the  Middle Passage to present-day social injustices faced by Black Americans. Ultimately, her work  exists as a catalyst for discussion, reflection, and a celebration of the human spirit. 

-Jepson Museum

Re-Cor-Dare is a solo #art912 exhibition of Savannah-based artist Sauda Mitchell (American, b.  1981). Mitchell’s prints, paintings, and artist books serve as compelling visual responses to her  sustained engagement with archival collection materials. In researching personal papers,  photographs, artifacts, and curated digital collections, her work explores themes related to the  Black experience.

'Finding Aid'


In 2016 I was sifting through hundreds of archival collection materials from the W.W. Law Collection, a collection dedicated to prominent Civil Rights leader Westley Wallace Law (1923–2002). I began to contemplate the challenges that patrons often encounter when conducting archival research for the first time. Finding Aid is my creative response to sharing stories and connections pertaining to local Civil Rights activist in Savannah  utilizing QR code technology and digitized primary sources.


Wood, cotton fabric, metal

Savannah College of Art and Design, SCAD 
Temple University
Grinnell College

University of Delaware 

Voyage Artist Book Cover

Voyage intends to link viewers to history through type, text, and image. I want the wind sails,  artist book, and poem to take viewers on a visual journey of the Middle Passage, the forced  voyage of enslaved Africans across the Atlantic Ocean and to the Americas. The symbolism of  the prints corresponds to lines in the poem, which I wrote while I was in graduate school. Here,  you can see a family on a hazardous journey across the sea, leading to the separation of a mother  and her child and the continued journey of the son away from the warmth of his mother and  homeland to unwelcome shores.

Re-Cor-Dare: Sauda Mitchell

#912 Artist
Telfair Museum's Jepson Center
Savannah GA

University of Delaware
University of Georgia Athens (UGA)

Timbuktu front view

Timbuktu, is a concertina artist book that visually expresses my response to select digitized manuscript pages housed at the Mamma Haidara commemorative library and the Library of Cheick Zayni Baye of Boujbeha, in Timbuktu, Mail. Timbuktu utilizes the book format as a contemporary art form to celebrate the importance of Timbuktu as a center of knowledge, book making, literacy and scholarship during its apogee. Embedded in Timbuktu is a QR code linking viewers to select digitized manuscript pages courtesy of the Library of Congress Exhibition, Ancient Manuscripts from the Desert Libraries of Timbuktu.

'A Return To....'
Curated by Alexis Javier
Sulfur Studios, 
Savannah GA

Participating Artists:

Amiri Farris, Antonia B. Larkin, Gabe Torres, Temakha, Julio Cotto-Rivera, Llucy Anaki Oláorah, Najja-Elon, Margie Marie, Jerome Meadows, Nae’Keisha Jones, Jackie Black, Sauda Mitchell, Sharon Norwood, Henry Dean, Tatiana Cabral Smith, Zay Hutchins


Private Collection

University of Delaware

Northwestern University Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies

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