Rhiannon Alpers – Insects of Surinam


© 2015
edition of 3 v.e.
dimensions in inches: 10 x 14 x 2

about this piece


About this piece:

Working with wood, vellum and batik is a process that requires the artist to interact with the materials deeply for the end product that will allow the book to showcase a resonance and earthiness equal to the content and it’s significance. In creating altered books I feel there is a critical dialogue that should be created between the binding and it’s content that didn’t exist before and stir the viewer in a way that is compelling about it’s content.

TASCHEN’s reprint of a hand-colored first edition copy includes the complete plates with a commentary by Katharina Schmidt-Loske. Merian accomplished a pioneering achievement of the modern age. This publication pays homage to her work and offers readers an opportunity to appreciate her sumptuous engravings.



walnut wood, vellum, batik fabric, hahnemuhle paper, Shaker Box Tacks

Artists bio:

Rhiannon Alpers is a papermaker, letterpress printer and book artist. Her artwork explores the untenanted remnants of plant and animal life. Rhiannon’s work is entrenched in the history and visual sensibility of cabinets of curiosities and early natural history documentation. |She has an MFA in Book & Paper Arts and a BA in Book Arts. In 2015 she received the Minnesota Center for the Book Arts Jurors’ Recognitions of Merit, and exhibited at the CODEX International Book Fair.

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Rhiannon Alpers – Insects of Surinam