Kimberly Maher – Crooked

c. 2011
edition of 20
4.75 x 8.5


Carousel pop-up book, featuring hand-cut pochoir illustrations, letterpress printed, edition of 20. Encased in wrapped cover. Composed from select nursery rhyme verses and lyrics in which the absurdity of the narrative is amusing and provides the perfect farce for this tale.

Paper, ink, book cloth, board

Kim Maher is a MFA Candidate at the University of Iowa Center for the Book in Iowa City, where she studies letterpress printing, hand papermaking, and sculptural bookwork. Hoping to entice the viewer into a false sense of pacification by subtly revealing a much darker illusion she examines defense mechanisms-notions of escape, breaking free from restraints or oppression. She incorporates the pop-up format to capitalize on the wonderment one first experiences when opening this type of book.

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Kimberly Maher – Crooked

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