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Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord
Newburyport, MA

Spirit Book # 27: Absorbed Prayer
Mixed (Book of Lokta paper from Nepal, Mashamba paper from Africa, thread and glass seed beads in a cradle of chestnut stems and thread on a base of binders board and paper)
5"H x 9.5"W x 9.5"D


Spirit Book # 30: Ixchel's Dream
Media: Mixed (Books of Mexican amatyl paper, banana mesquite paper, horn beads, wooden beads, and thread in weathered coconut shells with beads and corn on a base of wood, binders board and paper)
5.5"H x 12"W x 11.5"D


Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord discovered the book form in 1988 after ten years of work in the field of calligraphy. She was attracted by its intimacy, humilty, and adaptability.? In 2005 she completed a thirteen-year project of contemplative books that rest in cradles of wood, vines, and roots called the Spirit Books Series. Each page is a meditation that echoes nature with both repetition and variety. ?Reading? the book is meant to be a contemplative experience that takes the reader out of the everyday world and into a state of gratitude and reverence. Her work is in the library collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the University of Arizona, Wellesley College, and Yale University. It has also been featured in solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the United States and abroad, including the University of Indiana Art Gallery in Indianapolis; the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, and the Seungnam International Book Fair in Korea. It is well-represented in print with features in magazines (Somerset Studio, Fiberarts, and Urthona: Buddhism in the Arts) and books (Cover to Cover and the Art of the Handmade Book by Shereen LaPlantz, Handmade Books And Cards by Jean Kropper, and the forthcoming 500 Handmade Books from Lark Books).

Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord's work appeared in the following exhibition(s) organized by The Center for Book Arts
The Anthropomorphic Book
 the 1994 annual Artist Members Exhibition
Book of Hair and Lips, Aging and Eternal
Binder's Board, paper, copier imagery.
Love and Romance
 1992 Artist Members Exhibition (22 works by 22 artists)
Book of the Goddess

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