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Alice Austin
Alicia Bailey
Cathy DeForest
Claire Eileen Owen
Denise Carbone
Elizabeth Curren
Emily Martin
Hedi Kyle
Jon Sweitzer-Lamme
Kristin Balmer
Lesley Mitchell
Meg Kennedy
Mindy Trost
Tara O'Brien
Thomas Parker Williams
Todd Pattison
Valeria Kremser


Claire Eileen Owen

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Genius Loci, spirit of place

8¾ x 10¼, paper, graphite, silk cloth

unique © 2011


The term Genius Loci was used in classical Roman religion to identify the protective spirit of a place. In contemporary usage it refers to the distinctive spirit of a specific place. For me this notion is embodied in the space of an open field, as the eye sweeps across a space held in place by the horizon. The piece is a one of a kind artist book of graphite and ink drawings. The book is hand bound in a cloth covered chemise by the artist.


The Seduction of Marian

9¼ x 6½, paper, cloth

ed 30 © 2007


The Seduction of Marian is a re-telling of the Annunciation story as told through the eyes of a thirteen girl in the weeks that lead up to the day Gabriel appeared. The images are ink drawing that were scanned and printed digitally, as is the light grey back ground text. The black text is printed letterpress by Art Larson of Horton Tank Graphics in Hadley, Mass. The book is bound in a cloth covered chemise by the artist, with the help of Elena Bouvier.

Claire Eileen Owen has been producing fine print artist’s books since 1981. Her Turtle Island Press books maintain many of the traditional aspects of fine print editions, using archival materials, and formal binding formats, while developing original content. Owen enjoys developing a strong narrative in each title, and feels this to be her primary artistic objective. The books are hand printed and bound in editions of 26-50. Recently Owen has included digital imagery of her drawing and painting in her bookwork.