Johanna Drucker's Artist Books
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Fabulas Feminae


Project Statement

The second of the collaborations with artist Susan Bee, this was a series of verbal-visual portraits of women we admire and felt were worthy of being presented in portraits. I wrote the texts as if I were a compression algorithm, taking a wide range of biographical material for each figure and processing it for frequency, vocabulary, and unique phrases. The texts were set in InDesign as profiles picking up on the formal features in Susan Bee’s collage works. The language has a vivid quality, dense and suggestive, meant to live up to the pitch and intensity of the visuals.



Johanna Drucker

type: initiating


Susan Bee

type: initiating


Publication Information

publisher: Litmus Press

production: 2015-06-30

publication history: Litmus Press is the publisher, and Susan Bee was my collaborator.

Aesthetic Profile

conceptual (AAT)

feminist history
artists' books (LCSH)

themes: Famous women.

content form:
prose and images

publication tradition:
cartists' book (local)
illustrated book (local)

inspiration: The women.

related works: A Girl’s Life, Testament of Women.

other influences: Women's biographies

Related Documents

manuscript type: texts

location: Beinecke Library, Yale.

manuscript type: mockups

location: Beinecke Library, Yale.

manuscript type: other

location: Beinecke Library, Yale.

note: Paintings and drawings are in the artist's archive (Susan Bee).