every-blest-thing-seeing-eye (2016)

Minnesota Center for Book Art’s twenty-sixth Winter Book features poetry and prose exploring the complex conversations between artists and viewers. every-blest-thing-seeing-eye imagines the varied experiences of viewing artworks in a gallery. Curation is meant to direct viewers, but every viewer comes to each artwork in a physically distinct manner– from myriad intellectual, emotional, and spiritual starting points. When an Ojibwe poet acts as curator, her statements on the work of indigenous artists become part of a larger telling, a non-linear narrative in which characters and emblems, just like the artists who create them, cannot be fully fathomed. And yet, we must look. We must see every blest thing.


every-blest-thing-seeing-eye was designed by Jeff Rathermel and Todd Thyberg, with Thyberg serving as Master Printer. Printing of the deluxe edition portfolio of prints was directed by Tom Spence. every-blest-thing-seeing-eye features poetry and prose by Heid E. Erdrich, a poet, writer, and faculty mentor for Augsburg College Low-residency MFA. The twenty-sixth Winter Book was produced in two editions, with illustrations by Jim Denomie, Aza Erdrich, Eric Gansworth, Dyani White Hawk, Louise Erdrich, Andrea Carlson, and Jonathan Thunder.

Thanks to Wet Paint Inc., Smart Set, and Angel Bomb for their generous support; and thanks to the many volunteers for their gifts of time, skill, and community.

Standard Edition
The Standard Edition contains letterpress printed text and images on Arches Platine papers. The accordion structure features die cuts, a Cave Paper banded closure, and ochre accents throughout.

Purchase the Standard Edition:
$40; 100 numbered copies
Shipping $15, plus $5 each additional copy (within continental US)

Deluxe Edition
The Deluxe Edition is also letterpress printed on Arches Plantine paper, is accompanied by a portfolio of seven prints and various physical artifacts referenced in the text, all housed in a custom glass top case.

The Deluxe Edition is sold out.


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