Jessica Williams
Imperfect Archives


A collection of more or less every single image I made during my four years at the Cooper Union
Made on the occasion of my senior thesis show entitled Simple Gestures

315 pages, full-color laser print
8.5 x 11" perfect tape bound
Edition of 10

Imperfect Archives is an incomplete catalog by design, yet it has the feeling of being exhaustive at over 300 pages. Failures and triumphs are laid out side by side, only the few things inevitably lost or given away omitted. As a physical object it is both substantial and flimsy due to its simple construction and obsessive content. It is a monument to art school, a physical manifestation of time, and a personal diary all in one.