JUSTARIP Press ~ New Jersey
(Maryann Riker)

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Maryann Riker: " The artist's books that I'm presenting here are fun structures that ... entice the viewer to come explore with me by presenting imagery placed in a book-like format using traditional book board, book cloth, beading, paint, metallic thread and archival papers. The viewer can envision his own narrative much like reading a book. As the viewer unfolds and views, various angles may change the perception that the book intends. "
   

Other artists' books by Maryann Riker
Button bookworks by Maryann Riker
Shadowbox books by Maryann Riker

 
   
Star Book
By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2015. Edition of 20.

1.75 x 1.75" closed; 3.75 x 2.25 x 3.75" open. Materials: embossed cardstock, organza, ribbon, neon paper, mylar. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Maryann Riker: "A little star book form created with neon papers in pink, yellow, and green with black and white embossed cardstock for covers with fuchsia ribbon tie and organza bag highlights the popular stars of the 1950's: Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, and Katherine Hepburn.

"A true star book of the stars!"

$25


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Eternity's Disclosure
By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2012. One-of-a-Kind.

2.375 x 2.5 x 2.75"; 5 panels. Miniature constructed in a house-shaped form with accordion structure. Materials: foamcore, paper, beads, acetate. Digital printing. Signed and dated on bottom.

Maryann Riker: "An accordion style sculptural book that is small in size to represent the small worlds that Emily Dickinson created through her thoughts and writings later in her life. Emily Dickinson's life was focused on her home and family and as she aged, it is believed she developed agoraphobia. She never left her room and rarely went out to tend her garden or talk to neighbors. It was during this period, that many of her writings centered on the spiritual and universal. She created spiritual journeys and dream universes to travel through her poetry and letters. These small works are tributes to these small worlds that she created in this life period."
$125

 


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I Lost a World
By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2012. One-of-a-Kind.

2.75 x 2.5 x 2"; 4 panels. Miniature constructed in a house-shaped structure with Jacob Ladder's style binding. Loop and rod closure. Materials: foamcore, paper, beads, acetate. Digital printing. Signed and dated on bottom.

Maryann Riker: "A Jacob Ladder's style hinged book that is small in size to represent the small worlds that Emily Dickinson created through her thoughts and writings later in her life. This work can open and fold back onto itself to create a small room or world that incorporates a poem from Emily Dickinson. Later in her life, Ms. Dickinson is believed to have been an agoraphobic who would not leave her room or house. But through her writing in poetry and letters to friends, she created small universes that she mentally and emotionally traveled through. This small world is an ode to her!"

The book contains the words of the first stanza of Dickinson's "I lost a World the other day!"
$125

 


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Kanzashi
A Miniature History of the Art

By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2011. Edition of 12.

2.75 x 2.75 x 1.1875"; 10 pages. Double sided accordion structure. Digital printing. Materials: cotton fabric, paper cutouts, rhinestone, wood, paper, foil, and digital images. Bound with unique kanzashi arrangement as front cover. In a gold metallic gauze pouch tied with gold satin ribbons.

Maryann Riker: "Kanzashi is the general term for hair ornament in Japan. The history of kanzashi begins during the Edo period when Japanese women who traditionally wore their hair long, loose and down the back began inventing elaborate updos. These updos required sticks, pins and combs to keep the hair in place. Silk and beads began to be attached to the hair picks and combs.

"Geisha began to form their own floral ornaments with silk and rice glue. This art form came to be known as kanzashi and came to denote class and apprentice levels within the geisha: the younger the geisha, the more elaborate the kanzashi; the older geisha wore simpler hair arrangements and kanzashi.

"Kanzashi follows a formal cycle of hair ornamentation throughout the year. Each season brings a different color, flower, and arrangement. The art form today is utilized in Shinto weddings, and contemporary Japanese women enjoy the art form as ornamentation for a suit or dress. Enjoy this miniature accordion book with depictions of traditional kanzashi and a more contemporary take on the front cover."

$45 (Last two copies)

 

 


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Pearlessence
By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2010. Edition of 15.

2 .25 x 2.25 x .5"; 8 page. Double-sided accordion structure. Color copy of vintage papers with glued on pearls. Housed in a gold metallic gauze pouch tied with gold satin ribbons.

Maryann Riker: "Certain iconic symbols remind one of certain times. Poodle skirts, stiletto heels, pearl necklaces all bring one back to a time when women were not 'turned out' until they accessorized their outfit with their pearls. This little miniature accordion-book adorned with a gold frame accented with pearls highlights the history of how pearls became the hallmark of the American woman. Vintage advertising photos of women wearing all lengths of pearls highlights the text. This little 'pearl' is another tribute to the golden age when women would not go out grocery shopping without that little pearl necklace and studs."
$35 (Four copies remaining)


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Affirmations of a Domestic Goddess
By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2009. Edition of 20.

2.75 x 2" closed, 4 x 4" open; 8 pages. Carousel of four double pages with ribbon ties. Miniature. Color copy of vintage papers. Housed in a pink metallic gauze pouch and tied with pink satin ribbons.

Maryann Riker: "A miniature house-shaped carousel book that celebrates the golden age of the American housewife in post World War II America. Based on the statement made by the fine artist, Barbara Kruger, 'I shop, therefore I am ... .' This statement has been recontextualized to affirm the dreams and purpose of American women in the 1940's and 1950's. Utilizing vintage advertising, vintage wrapping paper, and storybooks for little girls, these images convey the idealism of the time when housewives were perfectly coiffed and always wore pearls and pumps while laundering, vacuuming, and cooking."
$30 (Last three copies)

 


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Once ...
A Small Revised Fairy Tale

By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2008. Edition of 20, 2 artist's proofs.

2 x 2" closed, 4 x 4" open; 8 pages. Miniature with pop-ups. Four double-page carousel with ribbon ties.

Maryann Riker: "A miniature pop-up book that unfolds 360 degrees to reveal four page spreads with a beautiful princess, a frog, and other things that render a visual replay of the classic fairy tale of 'living happily ever after.' But look more closely and the tale has been slightly revised to reflect a contemporary princess's view of 'living happily ever after.' First in a series of miniature pop-ups based on revised fairy tales from a feminist perspective."
$35 (Last Copy)



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Maryann Riker and just a few buttons produce charming button books.  
   

A Miniature History of the Button
Vols. 1, 2, 3

By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2008. Edition of 10.

Three Button Books, each 1" circular with a double-sided accordion (4 pages on one side with two on back). Bound with button as the front cover. Housed in a clear glass mason jar (2.875 x 1.75" x 1.75") with wire closure and rubber seal. Paper title label on one side of jar and artist text on opposite.

Maryann Riker: "What does one do with an overabundance of buttons purchased in an exuberant moment of a closeout at a local craft store? Create an edition of the history of the button! Beginning my research, I envisioned 3 pages on the history of the button. Much to my [chagrin], I found 5 sentences on the history of the button. So, as a tongue in cheek approach I editioned a miniature history of the button...shortened and edited down to fit into these delightful little closures. Nostalgically, I remember spending rainy afternoons discovering lovely little treasures as I rooted through my mom and aunt's button jar and button box. This is my tribute to the humble little closure. Volumes 4, 5 and 6 to be released in 2009."
$135 (Last copy)

 

 


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Miniature History of the Button: Part 2
Vols. 4, 5, 6

By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2009. Edition of 8.

Three 1" circular button books; 6 pages each. Accordion structure with pastedowns as pages. Each book cover an actual button. Housed in 2.875 x 2.875 x 1.75” cloth and paper covered box with attached lid. Paper title label on exterior of lid with colophon on the opposite side of the lid.

Maryann Riker: "When I was young, I spent many a rainy afternoon picking through my mom and aunt’s button jar and button box. I loved the variety--each one its own special work of art. These little gems have always held my fascination. The second part of the Miniature History of the Button is a brief history on the button’s use and types. This is then my ode to their noble purpose in making our lives simpler and easier in keeping our clothes in their proper place."
$125


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BUTTon Book
By Maryann Riker
New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2008. Edition of 4.

1" circular book. Double-sided accordion with 4 circular panels. Button as the front cover.

Another in Riker's Button Book series. Instead of belly buttons this features derrières from Renaissance paintings

Maryann Riker: "A presentation of Renaissance masterpieces that focus on one area — the gluteus maximus. A small accordion format book with a real button for the cover unfolds to present this humorous display."
$55 (two copies)

 


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Rococo Button Book
By Maryann Riker
New Jersey: 2007. Edition of 4.

1.375 round, .5" thick. Mixed Media. With button for the front cover.

A miniature accordion of umbilical scars drawn from Rococo masterpieces.
$65


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Maryann Riker is a collage artist. She combines collage and structure to create miniature books with a shadow box component.
   

Finding Your Equilibrium
By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2009. One-of-a-Kind.

2.625 x 2.625 x 1.5625” shadow box. Two-panel accordion becomes lid for the shadow box. Collage and found objects.

Maryann Riker: "Always trying to find center at any given moment emotionally is difficult in these trying times. This feminine viewer is ever present here watching and trying to find the center...her emotional center when sometimes remaining centered is not what is needed."
$125


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JUSTARIP Press Out of Print Title:
• Little Pink Houses
• Renaissanxe Button Book
 
   

The Pale ...
By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2011. One-of-a-Kind.

2.25 x 2.5 x 2.25" closed, 2.25 x 11.5" extended; five panels. Miniature house shaped book. Double-sided accordion structure. Materials: book board, foamcore, wood, paper, plastic. Collage. Found objects.

A miniature accordion structure sculptural book unfolds to reveal lines from Shelley's "Ode to a Skylark."

Maryann Riker: "This little work was an ode to the idea of a secret garden with birds, ferns, trees, and flowers. Dewdrops and gold reflect back on the viewer as the piece unfolds….Words and images flit along this miniature work."
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Secretly Watching
By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2009. One-of-a-Kind.

2.625 x 2.625 x 1.56” shadow box with hinged lid. Two-panel accordion with shadow box. Decoupage, collage, and found objects.

Maryann Riker: "Another work involving that search for the 'perfect moment' the 'when I get there' or 'when I achieve this' moment is what this work narrates. There is great difficulty in attempting to surmise the 'perfect moment' ... and training oneself to recognize it. But is not every moment a 'perfect moment' if experienced in the present?"
(SOLD)


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Star Book
By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2013. Two versions.

1.375 x 1.375" closed'; 3.5 x 2.625 x 2.625" open. Materials: book board, paper, ribbon, foil. Slipped in gold mesh bag with ribbon tie. Signed by the artist.

Star Book I: Edition of 12 in shades of blue papers. (Last Copy)
Star Book II: Edition of 15 in shades of reds, oranges and golds. (out of print)

Maryann Riker: "This little miniature star book ... unfolds to reveal images of antique celestial maps with a poem by Emily Dickinson interspersed throughout the pages. This little tome is a tribute to the later work of this poet as she grappled with agoraphobia and wrote and created her small worlds through her words. Each little star book is different in imagery but the words remain the same [within each version]."
(SOLD)


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Toward the Light
By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey:Maryann Riker, 2007. One-of-a-Kind.

2.625 x 2.625". Mixed Media.

Maryann Riker: "A shadowbox cover attaches to an accordion style book that unfolds and gives us clues to what can happen when we move toward the light ... as moths are attracted to the light so do humans move toward hope and joy. What can happen along the way is another matter. This inevitably becomes the path of one's life."
(SOLD)


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