Open...Heart Surgery
By Michael Peven
Fayetteville, Arkansas: Primitive Press, 2006. Edition of 49.

7.254 x 8.5",14 pages. Handmade, paperback with stiff board, inkjet prints on enhanced matte paper with waxed linen thread, craft wire, staples, and PVA. Pages open in a variety of ways. Some are held together with steri strips and staples. Bound on left and right sides, pages open in the middle by a series of increasingly more difficult manipulations. - See more at:

Michael Peven: “Open…Heart Surgery details my heart surgery in 2002. It's kind of a ‘primer.’ With pages that open in a variety of ways it reveals my chest going from healthy and hairy progressively to more injured with an obvious scar against little hair to being held together with steri-strips and staples against a naked chest. Then through an x-ray and angiogram into the heart itself and beyond."
$1000 Deluxe version, leather bound