**Purchase Prize Award**
8 1/8" x 5 1/2" x 1 1/8" unfolds to 5'6"
I have always been drawn to the imagery of textbooks, the displays in Natural History museums, the simple visual language we use to describe the complex systems that sustain and surround us. I started Big Jump Press to explore this fascination through the production of letterpress printed artist books. Because the content of each of my books dictates an elaborate binding, the books produced at Big Jump are structurally intricate objects that invite the viewer/reader to explore them in novel and unexpected ways. Lately I have found myself using each book as a method of exploring a particular type of diagrammatic image.
My latest project, The Index, is an unfolding skeleton piece born of anatomical diagrams. When I first conceived of The Index, I wanted to print a playful project about my own body that spoke about my discomfort about being an anatomical creature, a woman made of parts. The book unfolds to my height, 5'6", and only when unfolded reveals an alphabetical list of every part of the female human body. It can also be viewed as a more traditional book; portions of the skeletal structure revealed at a time.
Sarah Bryant is currently an MFA candidate in Book Arts at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where she moved from Philadelphia in 2005. She started Big Jump Press in 2006 and now prints her books on her very own Vandercook SP-20 in Gordo, AL, next to a chicken feed plant.
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Big News! A Purchase Prize Award has been chosen by our juror, Jim Carmin. The winner is Sarah Bryant for her book, The Index. A copy of this terrific edition will be purchased by the gallery and donated to Jim’s collection at the library. Congratulations, Sarah!.