Alma-Isa Barrett was born in Cohoes, New York, in 1975. At the age of seven, she began spending her summers in Kiamichi Country. Barrett is a self-taught artist, whose primary medium, viz. Scotch tape, has esoteric properties.* Barrett uses Scotch tape to strip printed words & images from 19th to mid-20th c. books. Over the last nine years, she has created an empty collection/library and has a number of other books she uses as palimpsests for notes &/or drawings. The peeling process is sometimes haphazard & is at other times determined by the text at hand. Scriptio inferior (or << underwriting >>) is continually left to be seen underneath & to collaborate with Barrett's added ink. The drawings which she considers of secondary importance are rendered in black ink (occasionaly white ink) with the aid of straight rulers & vintage architectural templates. Barrett lives & works in New York, New York.
* Some scientists maintain that the triboluminescence generated by peeling a roll of Scotch tape is the same power that lights the sun. Further,the Soviets ascertained that to peel Scotch tape in a vacuum is to produce X-rays.