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Project Statement

by E. Tonnard

Contemplation is about the act of looking, especially looking as an internal process; looking at ourselves inside our self. It is a silent book, containing pages looking at other pages. Continuity of contemplation is created by having the folds on the foredge. This sets the still into motion.The book is made from eight black and white negatives (1940s) found in an uncategorized family archive in a basement room at the Visual Studies Workshop. The man portrayed remains unknown; and it is as if he knows it. The book is based on the idea of this man looking at himself and at the reader. The cover has a mirror element where the reader can find his or her own eyes.


Elisabeth Tonnard


Elisabeth Tonnard

type: initiating


citizenship: The Netherlands

Publication Information

publication: 2008

Aesthetic Profile


artists' books (LCSH)

themes: Contemplation as an act as well as art of archives, photographic archives, vernacular photography [T. Shaw]

content form:

publication tradition:
artists' book (local)

inspiration: photographic archives at Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY [T. Shaw]

related works: Other of the artists works including Two of Us published by Visual Studies Workshop Press, Oceanus, and Ithaca, an itinerary [T. Shaw]

community: school Made while a student in the SUNY Brockport MFA program at Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY [T. Shaw]

Related Documents

manuscript type: other

location: other

note: The original glass negative this work was made from is in the archives at Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY