Elisabeth Tonnard


Elisabeth Tonnard is a Dutch artist and poet working in artists’ books, photography and literature. She has published thirty-one books that are included in major international collections and exhibited widely. Much of her work involves responding to existing books, texts and images, reworking them into poetry, and creating photographic visual narratives. The works range in scale and method from a book that is completely invisible, to a book containing a short story that swallowed a novel, to a book that is a swimming pool. Recently the Kleine Hans (Little Hans) was awarded to Tonnard. According to the jury report she is a “poet in the space between photographs.” Tonnard received an MA in literature from the Radboud University in The Netherlands, where she also taught comparative literature, and an MFA in Visual Studies from Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York. See for some more detail All is vanity.

Photo by Andreas Schmidt.

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March 17, 2008 at 4:48 pm


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