|Title||Specimen Series: Metamorphosis 7|
|Artist / Creator||Rhiannon Alpers|
|Press Name||Gazelle and Goat|
|Place of Publication||San Francisco, CA|
|Process / Technique||Digital, calligraphy/handwriting, typewriter|
|Structure / Binding||Shadow box in hardcover|
|Medium / Materials||Wild silkworm, snake vertebrae, fox rib, tulip stem paper, overbeaten abaca, mica, false sinew, walnut dyed paper, 1920's italian dictionary, wild silkworm inner casing, found leaves|
|Paper Stock||Handmade paper|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||2.5 x 4 x 1 inches closed.|
|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 was originally 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' Recognitions of Merit, and exhibited at the CODEX International Book Fair.