STORM OF THE i: An Artobiography

Her father didn’t speak to her for 15 years and she never knew why.

Then she wrote the book she needed to read.

Author-artist Tina Collen continues her Virtual Blog Tour with a stop at CIPA Bookshelf on Tuesday to promote her award-winning memoir, Storm of the i: An Artobiography. This virtual book tour has taken the author around the country via ten blogs that include book reviewers, literary commentators, fellow artists and even a Los Vegas stand up comic(!).

“A project five years in the making,” Clay Evans wrote in his review for the Boulder Camera, “Collen’s slick, clever, refreshingly unpredictable labor of love, is like no other book you’re likely to read any time soon.” Going a bit further, Sara Davidson, TV producer, and New York Times best-selling author describes STORM OF THE i: An Artobiography as “a fabulous hybrid, a memoir that’s alive with foldouts, paintings, drawings and a surprising lift-up flap. (There’s even a pop-up that hands the reader a fortune cookie with a message inside!).

Beneath the playfulness, however, lies the story of an artist trying to understand her father’s lifelong anger towards her. At the pinnacle of her career, an exhibition of her work in Paris, Tina Collen finds herself inexplicably weeping. It takes courage to probe a father’s lifelong rejection, but Collen has wonderful tools: her humor, memories and the trail of art she created. (I discovered Collen through her Fleurotica collages. At first glance, I thought I was looking at lush paintings of wildflowers, but on closer examination, I was in the world of the Kama Sutra. Based on the idea that flowers are simply sex organs, Collen created her wildflowers from risqué magazine scraps. She took something forbidden and transformed it into something witty, beautiful and acceptable.) In Storm of the i, she takes a heartbreaking story and transforms it into something witty, beautiful — and unforgettable.”

“A reminder—vivid and visual– that the parent-child bond is the bedrock on which  lives are built,” wrote Stewart Oksenhorn, book reviewer for the Aspen Times.

After receiving an EVVY (1st prize for autobiography) and a 1st place Tech Award (for layout & design) from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association, Collen went to the Benjamin Franklin Awards in NYC—and with her book #3 on the best-seller list at the Boulder Bookstore back home, she walked away with a Silver medal for memoir. The next night she collected a bronze IPPY.

Demand for Collen’s multimedia presentations has been growing steadily. Her most recent author event in Denver was for an audience of 250. At these events, Collen concludes with a shocker—the story of what transpired between her and her 93 year old father after she finished writing the book he never read.

Excerpts of this remarkable work can be seen at If you’re curious about Fleurotica, Images in Erotic Montage you can also see some of the collages there.

Please join us on our tour by clicking the links on the days each review will appear. We hope you’ll stop by with a question or comment.


Week 1

1/31/11 – James R. Ament –

2/1/11 – Book Fetish –

2/2/11 – Found Not Lost  –

2/3/11 – Sandra’s Book Club –

2/4/11 – Doing it with Grace –

Week 2

2/7/11 – Minding Spot –

2/8/11 – CIPA Bookshelf  –

2/9/11 – Faye Quam Heimerl –

2/10/11 – Thoughts in Progress –

2/11/11 – Linda Lou, Live from Las Vegas –

For ongoing blog tour information, go to Tina’s blog at