War And Peace 2011
Elena Mary Siff, USA
|Creating my 3 books I used handmade
paper in a miniature format…an intimate narrative with a quote
by Al Mutanabbi:
“If you see the teeth of the lion, do not think the lion is
smiling at you.”
I included other quotes by writers and philosophers concerning the
futility of war throughout the ages.
I burned fragments of the paper I made and attached the fragments
to the pages of each book…destruction in the midst of poetry
As a collage and assemblage artist, Elena Mary
Siff’s unique books are an extension of her work in
mixed media. The sculptural works and text pieces derive from her
background in assemblage art, where she has an established reputation.
Siff has been creating books as part of her exploration of visual
space, volume, movement and color for many years. She is constantly
exploring and expanding the artistic paradigms of the book as object.
Her work is in the Sackner Archive of Concrete
and Visual Poetry, the UCLA and UCSD Special Collections
Libraries and the Museum of Modern Art, N.Y.C. among others. Her
books have been in international book festivals in Ireland, Vilnius,
and the Seoul Korea Book Arts Fair.
Vamp and Tramp Booksellers represent Siff’s
More of her book art can be found on her website: