Johanna Drucker's Artist Books
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Off-World Fairy Tales


Project Statement

The final of three collaborations with artist Susan Bee, this book was inspired by a visit to her studio in 2019 where I first saw the light, whimsical drawings. I suggested they needed something equally whimsical in tone to accompany them and wrote this series of fairy tales. I had hoped to work in the somewhat dark spirit of Oscar Wilde as well as the esteemed tradition of other famous tales. This was great fun to write and design and is meant to amuse persons of all ages whether they are reading or being read to by another.



Johanna Drucker

type: initiating/collaborator


Susan Bee

type: initiating/collaborator


Publication Information

publisher: Litmus Press

production: 2020-00-00

publication history: Litmus Press published this as the final work in the trilogy of collaborations with Susan Bee.

Aesthetic Profile

conceptual (AAT)

futuristic fantasy
artists' books (LCSH)

themes: Fairy tales for the future.

content form:
Shaped prose and images

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

inspiration: Grimm's fairy tales, Oscar Wilde's fairy tales.

related works: A Girl's Life.

other influences: Children's books.

Related Documents

manuscript type: texts

location: artist's archive

manuscript type: mockups

location: artist's archive

manuscript type: other

location: artist's archive

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