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Deborah Phillips Chodoff
Katonah, NY

Removable, Movable, Immovable: a Movable Book

Bookboard, giclee prints, handprinted paper, magnets, found objects; bound with hinges and linen cord
Edition of three, box with casters
In the first spread, Removal/Remove, magnetized plaques detach to reveal images of things to be removed. In the second spread, Remove/Move, a magnetized disk lifts and attaches to a spinning mechanism. The third spread, Immovable, features an embedded fossilized crab.
10" x 12 .5" x 2"


Found objects, bookboard, photocopies
Accordion book; five unique variants with boxes; freestanding
Letters spelling the word "procrastination" made from bookboard backed with doodles and drawings and bound with elastic spaced with wire-covered minute timers. Cover is made from an old alarm clock.
A small monument to procrastination, this accordion book is bound with elastic cord. The blank clock face and tethered timers hold the book together and the clock collage has extra hours added to it. The backs of the pages are cartoons and doodles drawn by bored students in the margins of workbooks. The book can be turned upside down to activate the timers.
8" x 4 .5" x 4 .5"


Deborah Phillips Chodoff studied printmaking at Atelier 17 in Paris, France, with Stanley William Hayter and Krishna Reddy. After working as a printmaker and a painter, she started making artists' books in the early 1980's. She created her own methods of binding, used little or no text, included found objects, collage, and original papers. She pioneered the use of shaped and cut pages, seeking always to stretch the limits of the book form. Her books are generally unique or unique variants, and often hang, stack, fold out into three-dimensional forms, or have moving parts. She has shown her work throughout the metropolitan area as well as internationally. Her work is in numerous collections, including The MoMA library, the libraries at Harvard, Yale, the University of Alberta, and Florida Atlantic University. The two books shown here have both won prizes. She teaches and is the art department chair at the Wooster School in Danbury, CT, and lives in Katonah, N.Y.

Deborah Phillips Chodoff's work appeared in the following exhibition(s) organized by The Center for Book Arts
Celebrating Artist Members: 30th Anniversary Members Exhibition
 Organized by Roni Gross, Artist.
Grey Matter
(2005) Inkjet print on Legion photo-enhanced paper
The Anthropomorphic Book
 the 1994 annual Artist Members Exhibition
(1994) Unique sculptural book
Acrylic mirror tiles, wire, acrylic paint.
This tunnel book has irregular openings that allow the viewer to see his or her reflection framed by the metallic painting on the backs of the tiles. Because the tiles have been heated, the images are distorted and the reflection at the end of the tunnel is tiny.
Economy of Space
 Book Arts under four inches
Heavy Black Book
(1991) Unique
Black papier d’Arches, found objects, steel disks, bound with a nut and bolt, housed in a tuna can.
Five circular collages of small found objects set in paper. Paper covered steel disks form the cover. Can be unbolted and displayed flat or wall mounted.

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