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I Lost a World

By Maryann Riker

Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Maryann Riker, 2012. One-of-a-Kind.


2.75 x 2.5 x 2"; 4 panels. Miniature constructed in a house-shaped structure with Jacob Ladder's style binding. Loop and rod closure. Materials: foamcore, paper, beads, acetate. Digital printing. Signed and dated on bottom.


Maryann Riker: "A Jacob Ladder's style hinged book that is small in size to represent the small worlds that Emily Dickinson created through her thoughts and writings later in her life. This work can open and fold back onto itself to create a small room or world that incorporates a poem from Emily Dickinson. Later in her life, Ms. Dickinson is believed to have been an agoraphobic who would not leave her room or house. But through her writing in poetry and letters to friends, she created small universes that she mentally and emotionally traveled through. This small world is an ode to her!"


The book contains the words of the first stanza of Dickinson's "I lost a World – the other day!"

I Lost a World

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