About the Book
XMALIA is a full color illustrated book based on a series of songs about extinct and vanishing creatures. The original illustrations are mixed media drawings on found/vintage book pages, approximately 11 x 16 inches each. This book was created by C. Ryder Cooley during an artist residency at Blue Mountain Center in the fall 2012, and was completed in the spring of 2013.
C. Ryder Cooley is an inter-disciplinary artist, musician and performer. Weaving together chimeric visions with hypnotic songs and projections, her work reveals a terrain of lost dreams and phantom memories. Most recently, Ryder has been working on a series of multi-media performances about human-animal relations and extinction. She performs with Hazel, a decapitated taxidermy sheep, who comes to life through their collaboration. Ryder has performed in numerous bands and productions from San Francisco to New York. Currently she is playing with the Dust Bowl Faeries, an electro-accoustic dark folk trio. Recordings and events can be found via her website, www.crydercooley.com.