uncommon books at the intersection of art & literature

"Collage is the privileged medium of melancholics. & glue smells like milk (and rain)," writes Ruth, the alter-ego of artist-poet Robert Seydel.  ︎  Collage is also a native habitat of both the visual and the literary, a space in which juxtaposition is catalyst, invisible connections are rendered visible, and disparate elements collide and create the alchemical.  ︎  Here are a few Siglio publications for which collage is the primary medium—each its own species.

A Picture Is Always a Book: Further Writings from Book of Ruth by Robert Seydel

Edited by Lisa Pearson with an interview

Clothbound  |  6 x 8.5  |  112 pages  |  full color

$36 — Add to Cart

“Descriptions of dreams here seem more like reality and the reality more like dreams." —Blake Butler, VICE

The complete journal pages of Seydel's alter-ego and collage artist Ruth Greisman is a first-person, fictional archive of Ruth's luminescent and startlingly original writings—typed up on paper purloined from old photo albums, adorned with drawings in colored pencils, oil pens, white-out and ink stamps—that penetrate her consciousness with visceral honesty and poetic precision. For Ruth, the creation of self is tenuous, the artistic impulse implacable, and the distance between the ecstatic and melancholic “infra-thin.”

Eternal Friendship by Anouck Durand

Essay by Eliot Weinberger + translated by Elizabeth Zuba

HB  |  7 x 9.75  |  100 pages  |  full color

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"A timely book about dictatorships, propaganda and friendship. Imagine Art Spiegelman meets Chris Marker." —Richard McGuire

Best Photobooks 2017, NEW YORK TIMES (Teju Cole): “Bewildering, peculiar and smart, a matryoshka doll of a story . . . A brilliant rerouting of photography."

This exquisitely composed photo-novel by French artist-writer Anouck Durand—collaged from photographic archives, personal letters and propaganda magazines—tells a true story across WWII and the Cold War, from Albania to China to Israel. 

Here Comes Kitty: A Comic Opera by Richard Kraft

Interpolations by Danielle Dutton + conversation with Ann Lauterbach

HB  |  8.5 x 11.5  |  64 pages  |  full color

$32 — Add to Cart

Here Comes Kitty is a dark circus of the very best kind . . . It pierces the heart with its mixture of love and going.” —Bhanu Kapil

In this wildly irreverent collage narrative, artist Richard Kraft reassembles "Kapitan Kloss," a Cold War comic about a Polish spy infiltrating the Nazis, to orchestrate a multiplicity of voices into joyous cacophony. Like an Indian miniature painting, each comic book page is densely layered, collapsing foreground and background, breaking the frame and merging time.

Jess: O! Tricky Cad & Other Jessoterica

Edited and with an intro by Michael Duncan

PB with dust jacket poster and pull-out booklet  |  8.25 x 10  |  192 pages  |  color and b+w

$47.50 — Add to Cart

“A book of art jampacked with words and images by American master collagist, Jess Collins . . . its mix of verbal illogic, Victoriana, vintage sci-fi and homoerotic high jinks a page-turning and lingering joy.”  —Holland Cotter, NEW YORK TIMES

The inventive and sophisticated master of the collage aesthetic, the artist Jess intermingles and juxtaposes images from wildly eclectic sources in order to re-assemble the meanings of our time.