Eileen Arnow-Levine

Floating Above, 2009
Digital Print – full color, on acid free Cougar Natural Smooth 80 lb. Cover, 8.5 x 11 inches, edition of 10. $100





Head First, 2009
Digital Print – full color, on acid free Cougar Natural Smooth 80 lb. Cover, 8.5 x 11 inches, edition of 10. $100\





She’s Fallen Down Dead, 2009
Softcover Artists Book: Offset Lithography, Cougar Natural Smooth 80 lb. Cover, Cougar Natural 70 lb. Opaque Text, staple saddle stitched , Edition of 200 , 5 unnumbered copies, 8.75” x 5.75”, $10.






The Bunnies Knew Better, 2014
Hardcover Book, offset lithography, Neenah Desert Storm 80 lb. cover, Neenah Cream Royal Fiber 70lb text, hemp thread, Davey’s Binding Board, rust/blue silkbookcloth, gray bookcloth, silkscreened handmade lotka paper, 5.875 x 8.75 x .125 inches, 32 pages. $80.
The Bunnies Knew Better Eileen Arnow-LevineThe Bunnies Knew Better a Eileen Arnow-Levine





Statement

The Bunnies Knew Better is a book that follows the lives of the fictional Wolff family from the late 19th century to the mid 20th century. The story is told from the standpoint of fraternal twin Anna sharing significant parts of her life with her twin brother Oswald. The inspiration of the book was a 19th century family album with slit corners for photos and handwritten captions. The script style captions reveal pivotal moments of Anna’s life in a disjointed manner, much like the way one interjects random remarks while waxing nostalgic. The story rapidly shifts back and forth between humorous and morose anecdotes mimicking the ups and downs of life and the passing of time. The Bunnies Knew Better echoes underlying themes Eileen previously visited in The Family Name. The book’s design and illustrations are in landscape format, which further lend to the sensation of thumbing through an old album. The Bunnies Knew Better was conceived during the years that Eileen was a caretaker for both of her parents. Many of the ideas were observations of her parents’ struggles with illness and aging. It is dedicated in their memory.

Biography

Eileen earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from SUNY Purchase in 1984, where she majored in Drawing and Painting. She is currently employed full-time as a graphic designer. Since 1987, Eileen has been creating artists’ books that she writes, illustrates, self-publishes and hand binds. An early interest in children’s books made a lasting impression on how Eileen perceives and represents the world. In creating her artists books, she tries to emulate the look and feel of children’s books while also tackling issues that are more adult in nature. Her subject matter tends to be on the dark side, often dealing with death or life’s cruelties. She enjoys the contrast between black and white, beauty and ugliness, sadness and humor and uses dualism as a means to find balance within her work. Eileen is an artist member of The Center for Book Arts. The handmade edition of The Child With A Bent Spine is featured in 1000 Artists’ Books, a coffee table book about artists’ books. Her books are part of The Museum of Modern Art/Franklin Furnace Artists’ Books Collection and have been included in exhibitions and collections worldwide.

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