Alison Knowles is regarded as one of the first female artists in Fluxus. She is well known for her books and hand-made paper objects. But to her, dried beans were also an important artistic material, which she used for many years, because of their sound effect, haptic quality, and socio-cultural connotations. Alison Knowles’s first multiple “Bean rolls” is used as a representative example from which to elaborate on the special role of Fluxus aesthetics in her work. The influence of John Cage on Fluxus in general is well known. But it has not yet been researched specifically in relation to Knowles, her work with beans, and the sound aspects for these artworks. Knowles’s choice of beans as an art material will be also analysed from the perspective of image science with comparisons to other works from Baroque to Pop art. Special emphasis will be placed on the emancipatory attitude behind Knowles’s art.