Allison Sommers’ Tiny, Fantastical Hand-Painted Book


Like us, artist Allison Sommers fell in love with last month’s NY Art Book Fair. Unlike us, she used that inspiration to create something beautiful: an art book of her own. GK:2 is tiny (5.75” x 4.5” when open) — in fact, its title is short for “ganz klein,” or “very small” in German. Sommers writes that the wordless volume was “hand-sewn of watercolor paper and bound by wallpaper scraps I found in the trash.”

Although she began the project with no expectations for the final product, after a month and a half, she had a five-scene sequence of landscapes populated by strange, dreamy plants and creatures. Sommers concludes that, having finished GK:2, “I am definitely not the painter I went in as.” Taking in each painting, we can see what she means. Page through GK:2 after the jump.

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[via Arrested Motion]