Kyle Holland. [Of the Cloak.] One-of-a-kind.
(Memphis, TN: Kyle Holland. 2010). Sam Fleming Southern Civilization Collection.
Vanderbilt University Special Collections
Artist Kyle Holland created this tunnel book using giclée and watercolor pencil. Taking his cue from the venerable tale of Red Riding Hood, Holland adapted the story to his own life by substituting for the red, hooded cloak a blue, hooded bath towel, the only gift his father ever gave him. Instead of the wolf, he chose to use a buck to metaphorically represent his father. He describes his relationship with his father as always strained and their communication impeded even as they tried to connect through the years. The format of the tunnel book was chosen because it disassociates the viewer from the inside of the book with the first 'page.' By providing only a peephole to look through, this book yields a glimpse into what Holland’s relationship is like with his father.