About this piece:
Specimen 5 is from a series of works created around the theme of taxidermied book covers. These pieces are not part of an edition per se, but are an ongoing series on a theme inspired by the artist’s work as a book conservator. The cover is made from goatskin leather, layered Japanese paper, and shell gold. It measures just under an inch tall, and is mounted with an insect pin in a modified vintage frame. The label was typed on handmade paper on a found typewriter.
Inspired by mounted insects and moths. This work can be hung on a wall, displayed flat on a table, or at an angle in a cradle.
Leather, paper, board, metal, insect pins, velvet, glass, shell gold..
Christina Amato lives in New York City, where she works as a book conservator at the New York Academy of Medicine. She received her bookbinding training at the North Bennet Street School in Boston, Massachusetts, where she first became interested in miniature books. She writes, illustrates, and binds her books in small editions, and lectures and teaches on the subject. Her book Swells and Spines, was a recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Book award from the Miniature Book Society.