wolf in sheep's clothing press ~ Iowa
(Elizabeth Munger)

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Elizabeth Munger: "Creating art work is a way to communicate my day to day life and to reflect on wider themes that overlap my personal experiences with the world around me. My work tends to be autobiographical and narrative often exploring current life experiences. Various materials and techniques, such as collage, drawing, and printmaking to reach out visually in hopes of making a connection to a shared human experience in a language that feels like home. Fabrics, sewing patterns, and needle and thread convey my thoughts and feelings as I piece together my ideas. Textile work is beginning to show up in my prints and collages fusing together my other interests with my academic/professional environment. This stitching together of worlds is becoming vastly important as I recognize who I am and how I’ve grown as an artist.

"Choosing recognizable images that include animals, I begin to relate to this image and repeat it in different environments. Exploring the adage of a wolf in sheep's clothing, or the sheep in wolf's clothing, has given light to who I am and who we are as a humans. Drawing on this archetype as part of a repertoire of self portraits, I search for what is there or not there, and an attempt to uncover what is lurking underneath."

Remembering Aesop
Written by Marc Munger
Illustrated & Printed by Elizabeth Munger
Iowa City, Iowa: Wolf in Sheep's Clothing Press, 2013. Edition of 35.

6" x 9.75"; 32 pages. Letterpressed pages were handprinted on a Vandercook Universal 1 using photopolymer for the text, as well as the black and white illustrations. The color images were created with a reductive linoleum technique and outlined in photo-polymer. The main type is Old Earthy and the titling is Crewekerne Magister. Two colors of text are imprinted into Hahnemühle Biblio, while Hahnemühle Ingres is used for end-sheets and the custom drawn doublures. Handmade Chancery paper from the University of Iowa Center for the Book holds the full colored illustrations. The fables are enclosed in an unsized handmade flax paper from Cave Paper. Numbered.

Prospectus: "The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing Press is pleased to invite you to read three new stories based on old favorites by Aesop. Cleverly rewritten by Mark Munger and illustrated by Elizabeth Munger, these fables were a collaborative call-response, not only between writer and artist, but also between the actual stories and our memory of them. … Elizabeth and Mark, a sister and brother duo, have been collaborating on artist books since 2006."

Elizabeth Munger, introduction: “As a child, Aesop’s fables filled my mind. They were tales that lived beyond the page, bested only by accompanying illustrations of beloved animals. As an adult, I returned to the fables. I expected to find the vast world of animals that had occupied by imagination. Instead, I found tales where life was distilled to morals. This book is a response to my reintroduction to Aesop’s fables. It is an attempt to find my way through the lifeless fables to the colored warmth of childhood, to set right, in a way, the imbalance between the imagination and reality.

“In short, it was with great pleasure that I was able to reconnect with the stories and animals of my childhood. Drawing them from my past and placing them into the present, I was able to give them back their nostalgic reign.”


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Three Allegories
By Elizabeth Munger
Iowa City, Iowa: wolf in sheep's clothing press, 2010. Edition of 18.

Three pamphlets in lightweight paper slipcase. Each pamphlet bound in handmade flax paper made by the artist. Titles printed on front covers.

1) Change Me: 5 x 7.5"; 32 pages. Printed on handmade flax paper. Reductive linoleum cuts. Text handset in Gill Sans. Free end pages of contrasting colored paper.

2) im not a sheep: a confession: 5 x 7.5"; 12 pages. Accordion structure extending from front pastedown. Colophon tipped on as back pastedown. Relief printed with collographs, pressure prints, linoleums and photopolymer images on tympan paper.

3) A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: 5 x 7.5"; 10 pages. Printed letterpress from linoleum cuts and photopolymer plates. Type handset in Palatino. Printed on Shikoku with one illustration on flax paper. Free end pages of contrasting colored paper.

Elizabeth Munger: "These three books explore the image and symbolism of the wolf in sheep's clothing, each book exploring a different take on this idea: the traditional and nostalgic narrative, a personal narrative, and an interactive play on how we see animals as representatives of our own emotions and character."

Change Me uses an exquisite corpse structure that allows heads and bodies of animals to be interchanged. Eight animals and their traditional characteristics (the vision of an owl, the memory of an elephant) can be mixed to represent a more complex being. The last pair, presumably an image of the artist, is labeled "I see my self as myself."

i'm not a sheep: a confession uses illustrations to show the uneasy mix of sheep and wolf in one being.

A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing is Aesop's fable. The moral: appearances can be deceiving.

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The Story of Table Setting
By Elizabeth Munger
Iowa City: mind your manners press, 2006. Edition of 37.

4 x 7.9"; 21 pages. Printed on Rives lightweight. Printed using a combination of linoleum cuts, photopolymer plates, and handset type. Text in Goudy Old Style with captions in Palatino. Cover printed using photopolymer plates and Johannot type font. Pamphlet stitched.

A fairy tale that teaches how to set a table properly. The tale is set in the country of Table in the Kingdom of Placemat and involves a lovely Princess Spoon, an evil knight Fork (who has an evil son Salad Fork), and a handsome knight Sir Knife.

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A Study in Self Portraits
or, A Wolf in Sheeps Clothing

By Elizabeth Munger
Iowa City: wolf in sheep's clothing press, 2007. Edition of 20.

4.9 x 11.5"; 12 pages of sewing pattern paper. Printing techniques: monoprint, collograph, pressure prints, and photo polymer. Alternate Gothic type. Stitched binding.

Using sewing pattern paper as a background, Munger juxtaposes images of a sheep, a wolf, and a young woman. Which am I? Are there differences? Are they related?

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