Into the Bookbinding Jungle

Publisher: Center for Book Arts

Edition: 75

Year: 2023

Dimensions: 8 x 10 inches


  • Letterpress
  • Four color risograph
  • Mohawk superfine

This edition translates Oppenheim’s recent rainbow collages into a combination of two new (to her practice) printmaking techniques. The risograph under-layer is created from three hand painted images layered together to create a rainbow. The black letterpress print on top is made from an image of a collage of screenprints of marbled paper (how is that for a visual game of telephone?) that has been reworked to create areas of space where it is possible to see through to the under-layer only. The narrative of the print is of a smiling bookbinder—or aspiring bookbinder—entering the magical jungle of bookbinding.

Printed by Allison Carter-Beaulé at Center for Book Arts.

About the Artist

Sheryl Oppenheim was born in 1983 and raised in Orlando, Florida. She is a painter, paper marbler, and maker of illegible books, an idea she first became interested in after seeing the work of Bruno Munari, and through her proximity to books, bookbinders, and marbled paper at her first job in New York, at a bookbinding supply house. She began marbling paper in 2011 and began learning Suminagashi in 2016.

Her artist books and prints are included in public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Watson Library, the Museum of Modern Art, the Walker Art Center, the New York Public Library, the Brooklyn Museum, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She has participated in recent exhibitions at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Sadie Halie Projects, Deanna Evans Projects, International Print Center New York, Small Editions, and the Cranbrook Museum of Art.

Oppenheim received her BA from Brandeis University and her MFA from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. She lives and works in New York City.



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