|Title||Specimen Series: Metamorphosis 14|
|Artist / Creator||Rhiannon Alpers|
|Press Name||Gazelle and Goat|
|Place of Publication||San francisco, CA|
|Process / Technique||Laser printing, calligraphy/handwriting|
|Structure / Binding||Framed box and hardcover book|
|Medium / Materials||Batik handmade bookcloth, silk bookcloth, found 1920's Italian dictionary, bird nest, seed pod, watch parts, walnut shell, walnut dye, found almanac pages, waxed thread|
|Paper Stock||Handmade paper, found historical ephemera|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||2 x 4.5 x 1 inches closed|
|Edition Size||Unique in a series|
|Signed & Numbered||Signed by the Artist|
My sculptural artist books within the "Specimen Series" are heavily tied to natural themes, and the untenanted remnants of plant and animal life. Many of my pieces are entrenched in the history and visual sensibility of cabinets of curiosities. I am drawn to the chrysalis as both a form unto itself, and as an exploration into the beauty of remnants in the natural process of creation and decay.
Artist BioRhiannon Alpers is a papermaker, letterpress printer and book artist. Her artwork explores the untenanted remnants of plant and animal life. Her work is entrenched in the history and visual sensibility of cabinets of curiosities and early natural history documentation. The structural and aesthetic construction of her sculptural work seeks to illuminate the beauty of remnants in the natural process of creation, transformation and decay. 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' Recognition of Merit, and exhibited at the CODEX International Book Fair.