Elisabeth Tonnard (NL) is a Dutch artist and poet working in artists’ books, photography and literature. Since 2003 she has published over thirty books in which texts and images extracted from the cultural archive are processed and laid out to exhibit their latent messages. The works range in scale and method from a book that is completely invisible, to a book containing a short story that swallowed a novel, to a book that is a swimming pool. The books are held in numerous collections including the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Centre Pompidou, Columbia University, Getty Museum, MoMA Library, New York Public Library, Tate Library and the Walker Art Center. The work has won several awards, most recently the Kleine Hans (Little Hans) Award. The Van Abbe museum in The Netherlands presented a retrospective of Tonnard's bookworks in 2014. Currently Tonnard is undertaking a residency at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin.
Elisabeth will be doing an artist talk on the artist book for Summer Session 2015.