Lucy Holtsnider – Island, Iceberg – SOLD OUT

© 2015
edition of 5
dimensions in inches: 8 x 6 x 1.5




About this piece:

Island, Iceberg is an edition of five artists’ books inspired by the eight months I spent living in Okayama, Japan from 2012 to 2013.

The Iceberg Concept of Culture likens the alluring artifacts of a society foreign to a traveler, including fashion, cuisine, and festivals, to the easily visible portion of an iceberg. This book shares the experience of trying to comprehend the larger and more consequential qualities of a society that, like the rest of the iceberg, lie below the surface and out of sight.

The hand carved cover shows the majority of the largest of Japan’s islands lying below the surface of a suggested water line, similar to a metaphorical iceberg suspended in the ocean. This comparison inspired the title: Island, Iceberg.

The three double-sided flip books inside show routes traveled daily by foot, bike, and train as I contemplated the confusion and isolation of living in a foreign culture. The images in the flip books are taken from Google Street View.

To see a video of one of the flip books, click here.

The full text of the letterpress printed description can be found in the description of the video.

The wooden components are made from basswood that is dyed with India ink, sanded, and coated with polyurethane. The front cover is carved by hand and painted with milk paint. The hinges are made from Ukiyo-e printed Japanese paper to match the style of the wood. The cover binding could be described as a variation on the secret Belgian binding and the flip books use Japanese stab binding. The flip book pages were printed on a Canon Pixma Pro printer and cut out by hand.


basswood, milk paint, linen thread, letterpress ink, gouache, Shin-Torinoko paper, 80lb Inkpress Duo matter photo paper

About the artist:

Lucy Holtsnider is a book artist who makes place-based work examining the overlap between the natural and man-made environments. Her books and sculptures often incorporate letterpress printing, Japanese paper and other translucent materials, photography, and wood. She currently lives on a 33′ wooden catamaran sailing from Wisconsin to the Caribbean.

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Lucy Holtsnider – Island, Iceberg – SOLD OUT

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