Elisabeth Tonnard

Song of Myself


Song of Myself: American Renaissance consists of status updates collected from the official Facebook pages of Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, Henry David Thoreau, Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman. The title comes from Whitman’s poem ‘Song of Myself’, which opens: ‘I celebrate myself, and sing myself, And what I assume you shall assume, For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.’

Song of Myself is available as a small paperback book and as a special edition that can also be used for exhibition.

Published in Leerdam, The Netherlands, 2015.

The paperback is priced at €15,- plus shipping.

Size 9,6 x 14 cm, b&w printing, 124 pages.

See more images of the book here. See a short discussion by Sarah Bodman here. Order through my webshop or by email.

The book is available in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum, Columbia University, MoMA Library, National Library of The Netherlands (Koninklijke Bibliotheek), and the Kunstbibliothek (Berlin).

The special edition consists of 56 inkjet printed sheets at A3 size in an archival folder. There are seven copies plus one artist proof. In the colophon each of the seven copies is associated with one of the poets that appear in the project, i.e. there is Edgar Allan Poe’s copy, Emily Dickinson’s, Henry David Thoreau’s, Herman Melville’s, etcetera. If you are ordering the edition you can choose which copy you’d like. The contents are the same between these copies. Currently Henry David Thoreau’s, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s and Walt Whitman’s copies are still available.

The edition is priced at €745,- plus shipping.

See images of the edition here. Order through my webshop or by email.

The edition is available in the collection of the National Library of The Netherlands (Koninklijke Bibliotheek).


Installation at Hamburger Bahnhof, December 2015, in the exhibition ‘I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library’ curated by Friends with Books.


Detail of same installation.


Written by Elisabeth Tonnard

November 29, 2015 at 9:56 pm