Status Out of print
Release Date Spring 2021
Limitation 10 copies
Size 19 × 31 cm
Edition artist’s edition
Workmanship This edition consists of a double-signed deluxe binding, Roman-numbered I-X, red edges, hand marbled endpapers by Renato Crepaldi, printed in two colors on finest Hahnemühle paper, head- and tailband, silk ribbon marker. The book is housed in a clamshell box with a perpex window in which an original drawing by Dolorosa de la Cruz, in a passepartout, ready for framing. It comes with a large bookmark printed on finest, thick paper.
Loosely inspired by the format and tone of Elias Canetti’s Der Ohrenzeuge, the 21 character studies in this collection feature familiar creatures, whom the reader is asked to rediscover as individuals rather than as archetypal motifs. A vampire wants to find a pre-made home, a mermaid feels uncomfortable on both land and at sea, a centaur wishes people focused on something other than his sexuality, and a mummy seeks to make herself unfeeling. Like us, these creatures are first and foremost themselves, and they behave in very human ways while also interrogating the Freudian claim that ‘anatomy is fate’. And so they confront their own physical reality as they try to forge connections, fall in and out of love, and seek to be understood for who they are.
Flo Sunnen’s first book “The Hook” was published by the wonderful Nightjar Press in 2018. The Dublin-based visual artist Dolorosa de Cruz added 21 drawings to this bestiarium.