This blank journal features a detail of a work by James Castle, a self-taught artist. He found inspiration in the detritus of everyday life, especially in the materials he collected from his parents’ home-based post office and general store in rural Idaho. Working primarily with soot, spit, and homemade tools, Castle was able to create a complex style that was wholly his own. Castle was born deaf and had only limited means of communication. However, thanks to the support of his family, he had dedicated space, supplies, and plenty of time—he was allowed to skip most farm chores—to make art.
Works by James Castle (United States, 1899–1977) are included in the exhibition Outliers and American Vanguard Art at LACMA from November 18, 2018 through March 17, 2019.
- 60 unlined pages
- 5 x 7 inches
- Attached bookmark and elastic closure