Encyclopedia Rebound: A Post-Virtual Mass of Random Information, 2012-present
unique handbound hardcover book
668 pages, color throughout
5 1/2 in. x 4 1/4 in. x 1 1/4 in.
For Encyclopedia Rebound Sue Sommers presents a series of altered books made from salvaged volumes of the 1960 edition of the Encyclopedia Americana. The books are cut down, shuffled, and rebound in a traditional hard case, covered in book cloth and buckram. These volumes can be understood in the context of "the cut-up technique" of rearranging a source to create a new text. They can be viewed as a salvage, reclamation or recycling effort seeking to repurpose analog knowledge in the digital age. But they can also be appreciated as beautiful objects, both collage and artists' book. Sommers has produced over 2 dozen of these volumes, each unique, and will continue to bind them as long the source material remains available.
Sue Sommers pursues painting, book art, printmaking, and collaborations on a cattle ranch in the Upper Green River Valley near Pinedale, Wyoming. She received her MFA from the University of Wyoming in 1992, and her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1982.
Sue serves on the National Advisory Board of the University of Wyoming Art Museum, helps support local and state arts organizations, teaches occasional workshops, and is a founder of Pipeline Art Project, a group of contemporary Wyoming artists "pumping art from the energy state of Wyoming."