Sharon A. Sharp. How Bat Entered English.
(Boone, NC: Curious Pursuits Press. 2010). Sam Fleming Southern Civilization Collection.
Vanderbilt University Special Collections
This piece is a tumble/flutter book that has inkjet printer images and text. There are Thai marble momi papers tipped on interior pages and pastedowns and it is bound in Asahi book cloth over binder's board with a metal brad and Irish linen thread closure with adorned with glass beads. "While serving as Mammoth Cave National Park's 2009 artist in residence," says artist Sharon A. Sharp. "I learned a lot about bats and their remarkable traits, as well as about a virulent disease, white nose syndrome, that now threatens their existence. Since our linguistic associations often shape our interest in protecting animals, I wanted to explore how our perceptions of bats and even of their name have taken shape. Upon learning that bats were once referred to as 'flutter mice,' I wanted to use a book form that would suggest the movements and shape of these enigmatic mammals."