Omnigatherum: A Lexiphanic Glossary for Catastrophic Times | My latest artist book edition

Omnigatherum: A Lexiphanic Glossary for Catastrophic Times. 2 in x 2 in x 2in.
Omnigatherum: A Lexiphanic Glossary for Catastrophic Times. 2 in x 2 in x 2in.

My latest artist book, Omnigatherum: A Lexiphanic Glossary for Catastrophic Times, continues my slight obsession with weird and wacky words. I’ve never posted photos of my latest artist book edition, completed December 2021. It’s time!

The text is a compendium of obscure words that each have a relationship to my experience of life during the pandemic. Many of these words are the ones I used last year in this broadside, which sold during the course of my solo exhibition in Missoula.

The box lid serves as a front cover for this inkjet-printed accordion that emerges and keeps emerging, for something like six feet of length, 2 inches at a time. The enclosing box is just 2 in x 2 in x 2in. Cloth-covered boards make up the box, and the accordion fold is giclee printed on Arches Text Laid paper. A stone bead serves as the handle on the box.

There are currently three books remaining in the edition. You can purchase one here.

A side view of Omnigatherum, partially unfurled.
A side view of Omnigatherum, partially unfolded.
A view of the book mostly unfolded, together with another book completely closed in the box.
A view of the book mostly unfolded, together with another book completely closed in the box.

2 Replies to “Omnigatherum: A Lexiphanic Glossary for Catastrophic Times | My latest artist book edition”

  1. Dear Beth…did you print a continuous piece of stock that was 6 feet long, or did you have to print in sections? My husband was curious (me too!) Thanks for sharing all your beautiful calligraphy over the years! I love Ben Shahn type. I learned it at a class in jr. college.

    1. Thanks for your comment! I printed the text block in 3 sections and pasted the sections together. Most rolls of paper are grain long, meaning that the grain runs along the length of the roll. That doesn’t work for printing accordion books because I always want the grain to go with the accordion folds. Hope this answers your question.

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