Elisabeth Tonnard


Elisabeth Tonnard is a Dutch artist and poet working in artists’ books, photography and literature. She has published thirty books that are included in major international collections and exhibited widely. In her work texts and images extracted from the cultural archive are laid out to exhibit their latent messages. 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. The work has won several awards, most recently the world’s smallest photo award, the Kleine Hans (Little Hans) 2013. The jury report characterizes Tonnard as a “poet in the space between photographs.” Much of her work as an artist and poet involves responding to existing books, texts and images, reworking them into poetry and creating photographic visual narratives. Literature in her work is processed by visual culture and visual events are seen in the light of literature. 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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