JUSTARIP Press ~ New Jersey
(Maryann Riker)

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Redland Art Museum: " Maryann's artist books and collages convey a visual narrative through the book structure to remind one of the past and journeys through which we all travel throughout our lives. Her works incorporate digital images, Victorian iconography and other symbols to convey a sense of memory and time as one opens and unfolds the works. "
   

Documenting History through flag books
Victorian women bookworks
Women of Science bookworks
Women's Work book arts by Maryann Riker
Miniature books by Maryann Riker

 
   

Of Diadems and More
By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2011. One-of-a-Kind.

3.5 x 2.25 x 1.5" closed, extends to 6". Accordion book attached to shadowbox. Materials: book board, wood, paper, plastic, acetate, metal. Collage. Found objects.

Maryann Riker: "Of Diadems and More is an accordion-structure foldout artists' book that speaks to the ever changing cycle of creation and destruction. Once again the viewer is caught in an unfolding of a secret garden where flights of butterflies flitting here and there may touch upon a resting bird. Silk flowers, paper wings, and other glittery things reflect the world of the garden within each of us that needs tender nurturing and pruning."
$135


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Views of Venezia
By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2011. Edition of 3.

4.625 x 5.625 x 1.25"; 5 double-page pop outs. Carousel book construction. Materials: book board, book cloth, paper, plastic, metallic ribbon. Paper title tipped on front board. Ribbon closure.

Maryann Riker: "Venice or Venezia is a city that arises from the mist. Like a mirage, early mornings shroud this beautiful city with an opalescent light that shimmers and dissipates. The canals and sea are an aqua-blue that reflect its classical and baroque architecture. An archipelago of 118 islands connected by bridges, this beautiful city remains unchanged. These vintage postcard images of early Venice are exactly the same vistas one views today. Gondolas still cross the canals and there are no autos. It is a city whose schedule and populace must abide by the tides as they flood and recede. Enjoy this carousel book as one would enjoy images before they departed on their Grand Tour."
$225

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Navigation Imagination #4
By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2010. Series variant.

5 x 5 x 3.75" folding box structure. Illustrated paper covered. Found objects. Collage. Materials: book board, paper, plastic, mirror, acetate, metal.

Maryann Riker: "Another work that utilizes vintage maps and images are reminiscent of charts earlier travelers referenced to find their bearing in their world. As this work opens and lies flat it resembles the four cardinal points: North, South, East, West. As the four pieces fold back they create another space that may be a classical space complete with columns and windows. A secret space for contemplation for the viewer reveals four quotes about the journey. Two quarters can move back up and become a two-level structure creating another space for retreat. Enjoy this work as it changes and reveals some secrets for its seeker."
$225

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Exploring history using the flag book structure.
   
Blinded 2
By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2014. Open edition.

4.5 x 6.25" (closed) flag book. Materials: binders board, paper, acetate. Historical data tipped on pastedowns. Titles and images on front board. Colophon on back board. Paper-covered boards. In paper sleeve with title and image. Signed by the artist.

Maryann Riker: "In 1939, the British press leaked news of Hitler's plans to build concentration camps throughout Germany with the intent of gathering and holding German Jews. Churchill warned the world of Hitler's plans and no one listened. When the Allies rolled into the camps in 1945, the horrendous atrocities of what the Germans had done rung true and were documented and released to the press. This flag book highlights that moment when the public was warned of Hitler's intents and ignored them. "
$85

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The Dust Bowl
By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2014. Open edition.

4.5 x 6.25" (closed) flag book. Materials: binders board, paper, acetate. In paper sleeve with title and image. Signed by the artist.

Maryann Riker: "The Dust Bowl also known as the 'Dirty Thirties' was a period of severe dust storms that affected the Great Plains of the United States during the 1930's. Due to severe drought and a failure to apply dryland farming techniques to prevent soil erosion, the rich topsoil of the area, turned to dust from overfarming and deep plowing and was picked up and carried by the wind that sometimes blackened the sky. Coupled with the effects of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl became one of the United States's greatest ecological and economic disasters recorded in history. This flag book structure shows the devastation through imagery and cartography of its widespread effect."
$85

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The Orphan Train
By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2014. Open edition.

4.5 x 6.25" (closed) flag book. Materials: binders board, paper, acetate. Paper-covered boards. In paper sleeve with title and image. Signed by the artist.

Maryann Riker: "The Orphan Train was an organized welfare program that transported orphan, unwanted, or abandoned children from the crowded Eastern cities largely to foster homes in the rural Midwest. Two charitable institutions, the Children's Aid Society and later the Catholic New York Foundling Hospital, endeavored to help these children. They developed a program that placed homeless, orphaned, and abandoned city children, who numbered an estimated 30,000 in New York City alone in the 1850's. The orphan trains or 'baby trains' ran between 1853 and 1929, relocating about 250,000 orphaned, abandoned, or homeless children. The placement of these orphans was not always a happy one, [but] resulted in nothing more than a form of servitude or indentured slavery. Other orphan placements were successful and became the success stories of the programs. This flag book structure shows poignant imagery and routes of these orphan trains that transported thousands to what was promised '"as a proper Christian home.'"
$85

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The Underground Railroad
By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2014. Open Edition.

4.5 x 6.25" (closed) flag book. Materials: binders board, paper, acetate. Historical data tipped on pastedowns. Titles and images on front board. Colophon on back board. Paper-covered boards. In paper sleeve with title and image. Signed by the artist.

Maryann Riker: "The Underground Railroad was a network of secret routes and safe houses used by 19th-century slaves of African descent in the United States to escape to free states and Canada with the aid of abolitionists and allies who were sympathetic to their cause. The term is also applied to the abolitionists, both black and white, free and enslaved, who aided the fugitives. Using vintage photography, slave journals and abolitionist letters, this flag book highlights the secret routes and "conductors" of the underground railroad."
$85

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The Women's Suffrage Movement
By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2014. Open edition.

4.5 x 6.25" (closed) flag book. Materials: binders board, paper, acetate. Historical data tipped on pastedowns. Paper-covered boards. In paper sleeve with title and image. Signed by the artist.

Maryann Riker: "Women's suffrage in the United States, the legal right of women to vote in that country, was established over the course of several decades, first in various states and localities, sometimes on a limited basis, and then nationally in 1920. Two organizations were formed and organized to press their issue for the right to vote. Leading figures like Susan B. Anthony led the fight to have women treated as equals resulting in the passage of the 19th Amendment. Enjoy this flag book structure detailing the spread of their success and vintage imagery of women on the move!"
$85

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Bookworks with shadow boxes
   
Ah, the Pirate's Life for Me!
By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2012. Series Variants, 2.

8 x 5 x 3" shadowbox construction with magic wallet hinging. Materials: binder's board; wood; paper; metal; plastic. Collage.

Maryann Riker: "Women were allowed to trade, own ships, work as retailers, innkeepers and more when men went off to war or work! Many women came into contact with pirates and conducted business with them. Women boarded pirates and hid them from harm and the law. In such close proximity to these scalawags, some women took to the high seas, either willingly or unwillingly depending upon the scalawag. Some went as wives or mistresses; while others dressed as men and served on the pirate ships as shipmates performing the same work as the men. Some of these women fought in wars, traveled the world and followed their husbands as men; and then returned to society as women and bore children. Some became captains of their own ships or mutinied and took over. Either way they made a name for themselves and this artist's book/treasure chest salutes these women who pirated their way into history on the high seas.

"With Jacob's ladder hinging on a vertically-oriented shadowbox of wood this construction resembles a treasure chest or wunderkabinet."

$215

 

 


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The Eye Has It
By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2009. One-of-a-Kind.

2.25 x 3.5 x 1.625” two panel accordion attached to shadow box. Collage and found objects.

Maryann Riker: "Watching, waiting for the moment. Hiding and observing to see what will transpire is the inspiration for this work. Moments that require action or moments that require holding back ... the watcher does not always act when needed and waits too long to take action ... or the watcher patiently hangs back for the 'perfect moment.' But will that 'perfect moment' ever arrive? Is the watcher afraid to transform to be ready for the 'perfect moment'?"
$125


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Maryann Riker: "For the past several years my work has centered on a personal exploration of my relationships with my mother and my aunt who were early feminists. I have also researched how the media influenced the American family and the American suburbs in the post-war era. I internalized this research and the resulting body of work is the visual narrative."
   
Weekly Rituals of a Domestic Goddess
By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2014. Edition of 12.

4 x 4"; 10 pages. Materials: paper, board, ribbon, satin, lace, plastic. Double sided accordion. Bound in house shaped boards. Grosgrain ribbon tie closure. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Maryann Riker: "In the weekly schedule of the post-World War II American housewife, a strict regimen of daily activities ruled her life. This ensured a clean and organized home that was the foundation of a happy husband and clean and healthy children. (Or at least, that is what the advertising images promised.) Enjoy this small tome as a celebration of time-honored weekly rituals for domestic goddesses that many women followed to keep a well-organized home!"
$50

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Measure 4 Measure
Poem by Nancy Scott
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2012. Edition of 12.

A set of four nested plastic measuring cups (roughly 7.25 x 3.75 x 2.25"). Housed in 11.5 x 13.25" red drawstring bag with title label on front. Signed and numbered by the book artist.

Images of women in the Betty Crocker kitchen line the bottom of the measuring cups. On the bottom of each cup is a brief item about the Betty Crocker image. The colophon page includes a poem by Nancy Scott.

Maryann Riker: "In the effort for Betty Crocker to promise 'a perfect cake every time,' the real figure behind Ms. Crocker, Marjorie Child Husted, initiated a robust effort to learn how American women cooked in a scientific and analytical way. Her methods included sending young high school girls out to collect the data of how American women cooked and prepared food in their kitchens and then bringing it back into the test kitchens of General Mills to measure and test every recipe that would be included in the Betty Crocker cookbooks. Her research and methods paid off and made Betty Crocker the patron saint of the American kitchen by ensuring perfect results every time!"
$65 (Last Copy)

 


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3 Cooks in the Kitchen
By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2011. Edition of 12.

4.75 x 4"; 8 pages. Accordion structure. Digital printing. Paper covered boards with red-and-white polka dot cloth spine. Back board edged in white eyelet. Ribbon closure.

Maryann Riker: "Early 20th century America brought a revolution in the food industry with prepackaged, canned, and frozen foods. And the food industry did their darndest to get American housewives to whip up and use all the newest fangled food products. But they resisted. To the American homemaker, the finest test of her skills was the home-cooked meal from scratch that she lovingly prepared for her family to enjoy. It took 3 women, cooks themselves, to change the way American housewives used these new food inventions and one re-introduced women to cooking from scratch but with a new cuisine. Enjoy this little accordion structure book to see how these women spooned up new delicacies for American women to dish out!"

The three women who helped change the way American women approached cooking were Poppy Cannon, Marjorie Child Husted, and Julia Child. A pop-out image of each is accompanied by a brief statement about her accomplishments.
$45 (Last 2 copies)

 

 


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Pancake Makeup
By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2011. Edition of 4.

5.75 x 7 x 1.25"; 5 double pages. Three-layered star carousel structure. Digital printing. Paper covered boards with red book cloth spine. Front board edged in white eyelet. Ribbon closure.

Maryann Riker: "It is 1889 and the inventor of self-rising pancake batter attends a mistral show where two comedians in blackface perform. One of the portrayed characters named Aunt Jemima complete with apron and bandana strikes a cord in this inventor's mind and a food icon is born. Christopher Rutt chose Aunt Jemima as he felt that she was the quintessential symbol of southern hospitality. He was right and her popularity has never waivered. Pancake Makeup is a concise history of the makeup of Aunt Jemima from her first appearance in print in 1895 to contemporary times and how her appearance changed to meet consumer demands."
$265 (Last Copy)

 


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Pumps and Pearls
With a poem by Nancy Scott
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2010. Edition of 15.

4.5 x 4 x .25"; 6 pages. Double-sided accordion structure. Collage elements. Bound in color copy of vintage images with small pearls added. White ribbon tie closure. White satin ruffles frame the back board.

Maryann Riker: "Pumps and Pearls is another visual ode to women of the 1950's who established an ideal through the media for all American women to follow. With a poem written by Nancy Scott entitled "Power to Burn" it speaks to women of a generation who balanced their sanity on stilettos and choked their ambitions with pearls. Vintage fashion photography depicts women of the time who perfectly coiffed and corseted themselves and made it look effortless. The dream and the reality were difficult to achieve and it was not until the 1960's when women broke these ideals that bound them. Finished with a satin ruffle and adorned with pearls, this accordion-style book is a small pictorial history of that era and its images."
$35 (Last two copies)


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Seduction of No Dust
Poem by Nancy Scott
Prose by Maryann Riker
New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2010. Edition of 3.

11.5 x 9.25 x 1"; 3 leaves. Backboard contains small picture/shadow box with white gloves.

Maryann Riker: "White gloves seem to have disappeared the way the pillbox hat and the panty girdle among women's apparel choices these days. The image evoked by their mention is still strong, though. White gloves signified breeding and lady hood and though they gave a superficial elegance on Sunday
mornings or at the prom, they were essentially nonfunctional. But, their status as part of a lady's attire could not be denied.

"The social significance of the symbol of white gloves is highlighted in Nancy Scott's poem (for which this artist's book was titled) and Maryann Riker's prose piece. Judgement, choice, and social acceptance were relegated to an essential part of a woman's wardrobe in the 50's and 60's, which became an iconic symbol of women in these decades.

"This piece is an ode to that pair of little white gloves and all it entailed."

Nancy Scott is a poet and essayist living in Easton, Pennsylvania.
$195

 

 


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Women of science and nature
   
Celestial Cinderellas
By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2012. One-of-a-Kind.

5 x 5 x 5" box structure on rounded knob feet with four foldout panels. Jacob's ladder hinging. Materials: foamcore, wood, paper, metal, acetate. Digital printing. Signed and dated on bottom.

Maryann Riker: "Two women who reached for the stars and lit up the history of astronomy are honored in this artist's book. Hypatia of Alexandria, who lived in the 4th century, and Caroline Herschel, who lived in 1750 in Hanover Germany, were the earliest women who studied the stars and enlightened astronomy through their study of the skies and the heavens. Hypatia authored many books on science and astronomy, and Caroline, who assisted her brother, discovered the first comet. To this day, her comet is known as the 'first lady's comet'."
$ 215


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Ladies of the Bloom
By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2012. One-of-a-Kind.

5 x 5 x 5" box structure on rounded knob feet with four foldout panels. Jacob's ladder hinging. Materials: foamcore, wood, paper, metal, acetate. Digital printing. Signed and dated on bottom.

Maryann Riker: "Two women who traveled the world and documented its blooms, Marianne North and Margaret Mee, were early journey women who traveled to faraway lands, risking live and limb to paint exotic blooms in their native environs. Though no photos of the women themselves have been found, their work has been collected and cataloged in the Royal Botanic Gardens and other major collections. Margaret Mee herself became one of the earliest crusaders who actively campaigned to save the Amazon rain forest .

"The Jacob-ladder type hinging allows four quadrants to fold back upon themselves creating a compass-like structure designating the four cardinal points."
$ 215

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Art and Victorian Women Series

Maryann Riker: "Some of the greatest botanical books were illustrated by women. They received no credit for their work. Botanical illustration and painting was taken up by young Victorian women 'as something to do in the afternoon.' Like needlework or embroidery, flower painting became an acceptable pastime for proper Victorian women. As a result, many women became excellent illustrators and began painting for botanical magazines.

   
By the Ladies 3
By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2012. Series Variant.

6 x 4 x 4" house-shaped accordion structure. Materials: foamcore; wood; papers (predominately blue); metal; silk; acetate. Found objects. Collage.

Maryann Riker: "This sculptural artists' book is reminiscent of Victorian conservatories and illustrates the work of these nameless and faceless women who could only sign their work 'by a lady.' Victorian women were trained in flower painting as a way to pass the time. Like needlework and embroidery, women took to flower painting and some emerged as outstanding artists who later went on to illustrate botanical magazines and catalogs. This sculptural artists' book celebrates the nameless and faceless women who created flowering beauty in complete obscurity."
$265

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By the Ladies 4
By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2012. Series Variant.

4 x 7 x 4" construction with magic wallet hinging. Materials: binders board; wood, paper, metal, silk, acetate. Found objects. Collage. Lid embellished with artificial flowers.

The variation of the Jacob's ladder hinging allows the lid to flip both ways, opening to reveal and singe niche on one side and two niches on the other. These three cavities showcase arrangements of silk flowers and butterflies.

Maryann Riker: "This magic box construction demonstrates some of the exquisite botanical art done by Victorian women. Allowed to sign their work only with 'by a lady,' these women learned flower painting as a way to pass their afternoons. Some went on to illustrate many botanical magazines and catalogs but remained completely nameless and faceless. Few women received credit for their work. This botanical art spurred a great exploration and acquisition for exotic plants by Victorians. They built exquisite conservatories for their exotic acquisitions which spurred exploration into areas such as the Amazon rain forest and other untraveled areas for these exotic blooms. Enjoy this tribute to the flowering blooms and blossoms of Victorian women who created this beauty in complete obscurity."
$215

 

 


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By the Ladies 1
By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2012. Series variant.

6 x 4 x 4" house-shaped structure. Variation of Jacob-ladder hinging. Four quadrants fold back upon themselves creating a house-like structure. Materials: foamcore; wood; papers (predominately pink); metal; silk; acetate. Wooden dowel and paper loop closure.

Maryann Riker: "These women were set up in an assembly-line where each lady painted a specific part of the illustration. Most early magazines were produced in this way; and these ladies signed their work 'by a lady.' They remained nameless and faceless. This is an ode to their wonderful work in bloom!"
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By the Ladies 2
By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2012. Series variant.

6 x 4 x 4" house-shaped structure. Variation of Jacob-ladder hinging. Four quadrants fold back upon themselves creating a house-like structure. Materials: foamcore; wood; papers; metal; silk; acetate. Wooden dowel and paper loop closure.

Maryann Riker: "This botanical art spurred a great exploration and acquisition for exotic plants by Victorians. They built exquisite conservatories for their exotic acquisitions. This sculptural artists' book is reminiscent of these conservatories and illustrates the work of these nameless and faceless women who could only sign their work 'by a lady.'"
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Crocked
or Will the Real Betty Crocker
Please Stand Up?

By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2011. Edition of 5.

4 x 4.5 x 2.75" closed, 18 x 4.5" extended; 5 panels. Double sided accordion structure. House-shaped book. Materials: book board, paper, plastic, mirror, acetate, and metal. Titles applied to spine.

Maryann Riker: "Betty Crocker came to represent to the American housewife the standard of practicality and reliability. And, most women in the 1940's and 1950's knew Betty Crocker as well as their own name. But who was she really? Was she a real woman or a made-up icon [created] by advertising execs for the food industry? When Marjorie Child Husted, a home economist, was hired to promote Gold Medal Flour, later to become General Mills, a new icon would emerge that the American housewife would come to worship – and that icon was Betty Crocker and her place of worship was the kitchen. For the first time in history, American housewives could look to Betty for standardized and scientifically-tested recipes. It was no-failure cooking. This portable domestic altar to the domestic goddess of the American housewife is a tribute to the woman who created her. So, will the real Betty Crocker please stand up?"

"I guarantee a perfect cake, every time you bake – cake after cake after cake…"
                         ~ Betty Crocker
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Domestic Intimacy
Poem by Nancy Scott
New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2010. Edition of 3.

7.5 x 6.5 x 1.25" lightweight stiff-paper letterfold wrapper in red polka dot pattern. Tied with red polka dot grosgrain ribbon. Contains one cloth 29 x 20" apron with ties. Text applied via heat transfer. Apron pocket contains 8-page (4 x 5") pamphlet with red polka dot covers.

Maryann Riker: "Frilly, lacy, sweet and sexy, a woman's apron defined her as a happy hostess and housewife. This work highlights a poem entitled "Domestic Intimacy" by poet and essayist Nancy Scott of a memory in her grandmother's kitchen portraying a more intimate view into the world of the American housewife.

"Whatever the apron's functions, these home-crafted garments worked diligently in protecting their wearer from spills and splashes. They dried tears, cleaned up scrapes and bruises, helped the busy little lady of the house as a way to hold eggs or potatoes, or a quick dust cloth for the hallway table when unexpected guests came to call. Aprons served all these functions well and still evoke memories of Mom, Grandma, or some other Doris Day-like image of domesticity.

"This apron itself is styled and sewn from a vintage apron pattern and cherry pattern fabric and uses transfer paper to add the poem and image on the apron."
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Domestic Partners
By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2010. Edition of 6.

4.75 x 6.5 x 1"; 5 unnumbered pages. Three-layered star carousel structure. Two layers edged with cutouts resembling lace patterns. Bound in color copy of vintage papers with cloth spine. End boards shaped to resemble a peaked roof house. Green grosgrain tie closure.

Maryann Riker: "Domestic Partners is a walk down memory lane when the advertising industry began marketing to the housewife in post World War II America. Utilizing vintage advertising from such brands as Bendix, these ads visualize an elegant woman in close proximity to her new domestic partner - the washing machine, the stove, the toaster, etc. These ads portrayed these appliances as the new and improved must-have for the little lady of the house. As standards of cleanliness rose from 1920 to 1960, the little lady of the house was actually spending more time cleaning than less; and, she spent more time with her new appliances than her husband and children. This was not the fairy-tale ending as spun by the advertising moguls who promised less time in the home and more time for leisure for the little lady.

"Peruse these delightful scenes and remember back to a time when the ideal American housewife cleaned and laundered in pumps and pearls."
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Follow Wise
By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2013. One-of-a-Kind.

2.675 x 3.25 x 1"; 5 double spreads. Materials: book board, paper plastic, ribbon Digital printing. Signed by the artist on the backboard.

Maryann Riker: "A carousel style book that is small in stature opens in a star-like formation to reveal images from the Hubble telescope layered with vintage map images of the celestial heavens with a poem by Emily Dickinson ["Follow wise Orion"]. This little tome is a gem to ponder as each section reveals the modern-day heavens contrasted with the view of the heavens in the 16th and 17th centuries. Modern day meets antiquity to show how each perspective is and was exquisite and beautiful in the creators' minds."
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Gazing...Gazing...Upward Towards...
By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2011. One-of-a-Kind.

5.75 x 3.5 x 3.25" closed, 5.75 x 16.5 x 3.25" extended; house-shaped sculptural book. Collage, found objects.

Maryann Riker: "Gazing upwards to the heavens, many ancient voyagers and journeyers derived insight by understanding and interpreting the celestial bodies to read their futures. Spiritual travels and physical travels were mapped by astrologers and cartographers. Their limited knowledge of the world and the heavens seemed boundless to them at that time. Their imaginations coupled with readings and interpretations of the movement of the stars and planets encouraged them to seek all that was new out beyond the edge of the world and the heavens. Ancient celestial maps show the locations of the celestial bodies, which ancient travelers relied on to pinpoint their positions. Ancient astrologers and astronomers named these early star formations and imbued them with zymology derived from ancient myth and stories handed down through the generations. Venus looks on and Minerva peeps out wondering perhaps how future generations will portray their mythic tales. An angel peers sideways waiting to see how the new religion will unfold and influence these ancient myths and tales from an earlier time. And a butterfly alights on the world as we know it today contrasting the real with the imagined. The illusion between truth and reality is clouded. Cherubs and mythological guardians point the way. Angels guard the heavens and moons and the voyager's reflection looks back at him/her through small mirrors attached throughout.

"This work is an imaginary portable altar that an ancient voyager might have carried with him/her to inspire and instill the courage and curiosity to go out and seek."
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Houses of Stars and Dreams
By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2013. Edition of 5.

5 x 10 x .5" closed, 9 x 10.25 x 4.5" open. Digital images. Materials: paper, plastic jewels, star stickers. Bound in blue paper wraps. In matching blue band wrapper. Poem and explanatory text digitally printed on slips of paper, which are glued to internal pages. Title and colophon paper labels on band. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Maryann Riker: "This popup book based on a structure by Paul Johnson incorporates images of vintage celestial maps that create small houses balanced on top of each other. Their roofs remind one of flying buttresses that cupids and angels flit about checking out the stars and heavens. Out of the flat surfaces of the skies arise these teetering shelters. This popup incorporates the poetry of Emily Dickinson who created her small worlds of heavens and journeys through her words and letters. Ms. Dickinson cut herself off from her real world and enclosed herself in the made-up worlds of her poetry. She created spiritual havens and landscapes to roam and journey through. Enjoy this 3-dimensional view of a piece inspired by her words."
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Imagination Navigation
By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2010. One-of-a-Kind.

5.75 x 3.5 x 3" house-shaped folding structure. Collage. Found objects.

Maryann Riker: "Ancients read maps of the universe to design their days. Their travels were mapped by astrologers and cartographers whose limited knowlege of the world and the heavens enticed these ancient voyagers to learn more. Their imaginations served them well in encouraging to seek all that was new out beyond the edge of the world and the heavens. Their spiritual journeys were closely aligned wth their physical journeys as church and monarchs ruled. This work is an imaginary portable altar that an ancient voyager may have carried with him to inspire and instill the courage and curiosity to go out seek. Map fragments create illusional vortexes. A butterfly alights near the true vision of the world but remains unknown to the voyager who is viewing it. The illustion between truth and reality is clouded. Cherubs and mythological guardians point the way. Angels guard the heavens and moons and the voyager's reflection looks back at him. This is … one of a series that was inspired by an exhibit at the Abecedarian Gallery [Denver] entitled Imagination Navigation. "
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Imagination Navigation #2
By Maryann Riker
New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2010. One-of-a-Kind.

5.75 x 4 x 3" house-shaped folding structure. Collage. Found objects.

Maryann Riker: "This is [one] in the series inspired by an exhibit entitled Imagination Navigation at the Abecedarian Gallery [Denver]. This 3-dimensional guide to the heavens and stars may have been carried by an ancient voyager to inspire [her] to look beyond the reality of [her] everyday environment, to go out into the heavens and seek new worlds. The ancient voyagers sought new wealth and lands at a time when knowledge of the world was confined to the doctrines of church and monarch. Ancient cartographers relied on myth and legend to draw the maps of the world particularly of regions unknown and unexplored. Traveling to the beyond demanded great courage and curiosity. My ancient voyager carried his guide with [her]. Angels looked over him/her. Cherubs smiled and welcomed anyone who ventured their way and mythological guardians pointed to new regions an stars. Maps are uncompleted, globes are left blank until all can be explored and redrawn. And, who knows what jewels and creatures the voyager may meet. Perhaps our own voyages can be so mysterious and new."
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Leo's Flying Dreams
By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2009. One-of-a-Kind.

3 x 3 x 3" rotating cube of images. Laid in 3.625 x 3.625 x 3.625" drop-sided box with lid. Box covered in paper and book cloth. Paper title label on lid. Images referenced listed on colophon.

Maryann Riker: "A rotating cube structure that unfolds and reconfigures to show the sketches of Leonardo da Vinci's flying machines. Much like his mental process in devising his new inventions, Leonardo mentally put together ideas much like building blocks to create his inventive designs for machines that could simulate flight based on his studies of birds, bats, and other winged creatures.

"This cube does not give the full picture of Leo's design until the viewer moves the cubes in various directions to reveal 5 or 6 of his exquisite sketches of his wondrous flying machines of his dreams. The box encloses the cube and when opened drops flat to reveal the cube. The inner box is lined with a Renaissance wallpaper pattern.

"This little device is an ode to the master of drawing and invention."

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Leo's Working Dreams
By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2010. One-of-a-Kind.

3.625 x 3.625 x 3.625" in drop sided box. 3 x 3 x 3" rotating cube.

Maryann Riker: "A rotating cube structure that unfolds and reconfigures to show the sketches of Leonardo da Vinci's working machines. Much like his mental process in devising his new inventions, Leonardo mentally put together ideas much like building blocks to create his inventive designs for machines that could dredge canals, grind concave mirrors, etc.

"This cube does not give the full picture of Leo's design until the viewer moves the cubes in various directions to reveal 5 or 6 of his exquisite sketches. (The sketches include a Canal Excavating Crane, a Grinding Concave Mirror Device, a File Cutter, a Reciprocating Motion Machine, a Dredger, and a Paddleboat.) The box encloses the cube and when opened drops flat to reveal the cube. The inner box is lined with a Renaissance wallpaper pattern.

"This little device is an ode to the master of drawing and invention."
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Looking to the Stars
By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2010. One-of-a-Kind.

5.75 x 3.5 x 3.25" closed, 5.75 x 16.5 x 3.25" extended; house-shaped sculptural book. Opens 360 degrees. Collage, found objects.

Maryann Riker: "Ancients looked to the stars to determine their destinies. Spiritual travels and physical travels were mapped by astrologers and cartographers whose limited knowledge of the world and the heavens enticed these ancient voyagers to learn more to gain greater insight into their world and themselves. Their imaginations with their physical journeys served them well in encouraging them to seek all that was new out beyond the edge of the world and the heavens. ... Ancient celestial maps show the locations of the celestial bodies, which ancient travelers relied on to pinpoint their positions. A butterfly alights on the world as we know it. The illusion between truth and reality is clouded. Cherubs and mythological guardians point the way. Angels guard the heavens and moons and the voyager's reflection looks back at him/her through small mirrors attached throughout.

"This work is an imaginary portable altar that an ancient voyager might have carried with her to inspire and instill the courage and curiosity to go out and seek."

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Theater of Memory 2
By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2010. One-of-a-Kind.

3.75" x 5" x 5" unfolding box structure. Paper covered. Collage, found objects.

The box structure unfolds into an open courtyard with four triangular rooms face out on the exterior, resembling classical architecture. Quotes on memory are revealed as each triangular room is lifted. All four can be opened but variation can occur if the viewer allows two or three of the triangular rooms to support the 'roof' which was originally the 'floor.'

Maryann Riker: "This book creates a small environment in which one's memory of past moments move in and out throughout important moments in one's journey through life.

"The quote 'Time moves in one direction, memory in another' [William Gibson] allows the viewer to contemplate the transient nature of memory. Memory as sharp and clear in youth and tinted with rose-colored glasses to maturity where memory shifts to more dream-like states, unfocused and softened.

"This work opens fully to reveal four quotes that deal with the topic of memory and can flip around to create a pedestal like work with rooms where butterflies move in and out as elusive as memory itself."
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The Journey is in Discovery
By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2009. One-of-a-Kind.

3.75 x 5 x 5" folding box structure. Illustrated paper covered. Found objects. Collage.

Maryann Riker: "Maps, constellations, globes, and wings transport the mind and imagination to another world and time, casting an almost dream-like spell that compels us to journey onward. Mere fragments create mysterious new worlds and yet at the same time evoke a sense of familiarity and nostalgia.

"This work is a modern curiosity cabinet for lost souls or soul seekers that opens and unfolds to reveal nuggets of wisdom collected from some imaginary journey where 'The Journey is in the discovery....'"
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The Inundation of the Spring
By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2010. One-of-a-Kind.

7 x 4.75 x 4.75" sculptural book. Jacob's ladder hinge binding. Opens 360 degrees. Decoupage; found objects.

Maryann Riker: "The Inundation of the Spring speaks to the changing of seasons along a river. Time moves sometimes slowly as the laziness of the river's flow during hazy summer days, or rushes and fills its bank in early spring from winter's melting snows. Emily Dickinson's poem speaks to this ebb and flow of the river and contrasts it to the ebb and flow of the soul with the seasonal changes. This artist's book opens 360 degrees. Its opening creates a small room-like structure showing the various views surrounding the water and opens fully to create another set of more isolated views much like the demarcation between each season. The Inundation of the Spring shows the cycles and rhythms of time and water."
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Navigation Imagination #3
By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2010. One-of-a-Kind.

5 x 5 x 3.75" house-shaped folding structure. Collage. Illustrated paper covered. Materials: book board, paper, plastic, mirror, acetate, metal. Variant in the series inspired by the exhibition Imagination Navigation. Found objects.

Maryann Riker: "Spiritual and physical journeys began with beliefs. Early voyagers sequestered funding from wealthy patrons and asked for blessings from their religious leaders. As one looks back at the energy and vision of these early explorers, one must ask what compelled them to venture out from safe harbors to the edge of the world. Their spiritual journeys were closely aligned with their physical journeys as church and monarchs ruled. This work is an imaginary portable altar that an ancient voyager may have carried with him to inspire and instill the courage and curiosity to go out seek. Map fragments create illusional vortexes. A butterfly alights on a glass orb and the illusion between truth and reality is clouded. Cherubs and mythological guardians point the way. It was a time when astrologers charted paths and futures."
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Tie One On
A Miniature History of the Apron

By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2010. Edition of 20.

4.5 x 4.5"; 8 pages. Double-sided accordion book. Four pop-ups. Page edges sculpted to resemble lace. Bound in color copy of vintage papers. Pink ribbon ties. White cotton lace frames the back board.

Maryann Riker: "The history of the apron is an interesting little narrative that starts with Adam and Eve when they first sewed together fig leaves for cover. This little miniature accordion pop-up book highlights the apron's purpose and its evolution as a fashionable clothing accessory. With pop-ups from vintage apron patterns showing women's aprons from the 1930's through to the 1960's the apron has protected many a dainty lap in its lofty purpose of protecting all that it covers."
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What Once Was Heaven
By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2012. One-of-a-Kind.

3.5 x 2.25 x 1.625" box structure with magic wallet binding. Miniature book laid in cavity. Materials: foamcore, paper, beads, acetate. Digital printing. Signed and dated on bottom.

Miniature book: .75 x .75" closed; 8 pages. Single-sided accordion. Digitally printed Dickinson quotation. Bound in paper-covered boards.

Maryann Riker: "Here is a fun little magical box whose lid flips either way to reveal small recesses containing small worlds, a small book, a small sunrise, and more! It reveals the words that Emily Dickinson created as a mature poet exploring the themes of heaven, hell, and other worlds and universes. Through her writing she traveled emotionally and spiritually to beyond her own confines and boundaries. Included is a miniature book that reveals a philosophical gem spoken by Ms. Dickinson. Enjoy this little box that contains her words and thoughts and the richness that this poetess gave the world!"
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Without Visiting the Universe
By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2009. One-of-a-Kind.

3.75 x 5 x 5" folding box structure. Paper-covered. Found objects. Collage.

Maryann Riker: "Without visiting the universe one travels inward towards knowing thyself. Interior maps tell one where to travel. But this inward journey compels us to journey outward as well. Without the life experience one may not realize the inner travels and journeys and its meaning. Mere fragments of maps with parts missing create illusional vortexes. Butterflies meander through the heavens with moons and stars. Mysterious new worlds lie on the horizon. Cherubs and mythological guardians point the way.

"This is another … modern curiosity cabinet for lost souls or soul seekers that opens and unfolds to reveal nuggets of wisdom collected from some imaginary journey."
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Women Work
By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2009. One-of-a-Kind.

5 x 6.25 x 3” house shaped sculptural book. Jacob's ladder hinge binding. Opens 360 degrees. Decoupage; found objects.

Maryann Riker: "A person articulates as female in part through the material objects and images that frame her daily activities. 'Gender' is the set of behavioral norms and expectations that members of a given society attribute to the physical differences between women and men. In other words, the making of a woman is a social process. Sociologist have studied the influence of domestic technology on women’s time use. A 1965-66 national survey of suburban households found that employed wives devoted an average of 26 hours per week to their domestic duties as compared to 55 hours by non-employed women. In 1920, unemployed housewives spent 52 hours a week on domestic chores compared to 55 hours in the mid-1960’s. So, did these new domestic servants such as the iron and washing machine help the modern housewife to have more leisure time as advertising had promised? Or had the standards of domestic cleanliness risen to encompass more time in achieving these goals? Ah, aren’t ideals wonderful?"
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Women's Work 5
By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2009. One-of-a-Kind.

6 x 3.75 x 3.75" sculptural bookwork. Rotating cube of images in house-shaped container. Roof and house lift from foundation (pedestal) to reveal cube. Four sides fall away with text and images on interior of flaps. Pedestal designed as a four-flap container with lid being the house.

Maryann Riker: "Another artists' book about the heyday of the housewife when cleaning products required much more energy to make them work and as a result the little lady of the house burned three times the amount of calories. As the century progressed, new cleaning products and appliances were improved and invented to cut the amount of time utilized in cleaning to about half. As a result the American housewife of the 1950's had more time to shop, entertain, and relax. Electricity and automation became the American housewife's best friends. This work depicts the images of the American woman at a time when the housewife was glorified into an American icon of the American home."
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Worlds For Her
By Maryann Riker
Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2013. One-of-a-Kind.

4 x 3.75 x 3.25" structure with miniature accordion book (1 x 1.5"; 13 pages). Materials: book board, paper, plastic, ribbon. Digital printing. Signed by the artist on the base.

Maryann Riker: "This small mausoleum-like structure is an ode to Emily Dickinson and her words and poetry that she created in her later years. The niche holds a birdcage-covered book with an image of Emily Dickinson that unfolds to reveal a miniature story of her life. Text from one of her poems covers the outside and the viewer can peruse her small house that became her haven as she withdrew from friends to the safety of her room and house. As many women of her time, she was also restricted by the social conditioning for women. She created worlds within her mind to live in and wrote extensively about the heavens and stars. Enjoy this little work in her honor."
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