Sidelinger’s illuminated manuscripts explore the contemporary interpretations of the book as an art object. He employs a wide range of forms to create bindings that range from historical to modern and from cloth to leather. The results are elaborately bound as one-of-a-kind objects though sometimes as small editions. These books created in every format, delve into aspects of the human condition, and in the process, encourage us to reevaluate our experience of the book as a commonplace medium.
"Homage to the 29 Lattice Screen Designs"
Gold/Orange Linen Box, 16" x 10" x 5 1/2"
Ballpoint pen, black & white and color mixed media, 8 1/2" x 11" opened
Each individually packaged and labeled in green silk folder
"Selected Twentieth Century French Poetry"
11" x 9"; Bound in black velvet with paper onlay
Housed in 11.25" x 9.25" box covered in gray moiré with paper onlay
106 pages. Ink on paper. Varying styles of calligraphy and illustration.
"Seven Deadly Sins "
3" x 2" x 5/8"; DMC embroidery floss, hand embroidered
Elizabethan embroidery on artist bound books