Roni Gross’s work is focused on creating an environment in which to experience a written text. These artist’s books offer the viewer a multi-sensory experience, with every element adding to their kinesthetic knowledge. The weight of the paper, impression of the printing, texture of the sculptural pieces, how the binding structure reveals the text and controls the pacing, inclusion of sound elements — these are all players in creating an environment that is not solely dependent on the visual.

Gross has been working with letterpress printing throughout her career, seeing it as a sculptural medium. Trying to capture the quality and rhythm of speech has been an ongoing concern. The small but important details of handsetting and printing type, require patience and focus that contributes to the intimate nature of her work. In her collaborations with sculptor Peter Schell, the work is pared down to the elemental. Sculptural elements expand the reach of the writing to give the viewer another way to enter the terrain.

Over the years Gross has worked with such poets as Jean Valentine, C.K. Williams, L.B. Thompson and Rachel Zucker. Roni Gross first met Nancy Campbell at The New York Center for Book Arts, prior to Campbell’s residencies at Upernavik Museum (2010) and Ilulissat Kunstmuseum (2015) in Greenland. Their work together has spanned a number of projects relating to the Arctic environment: two artist’s books (The Night Hunter and Tikilluarit), a broadside (Inconstant Water), a multiple (proviso) and an offset-litho printed pamphlet (Death of a Foster Son). The imagery, both visual and linguistic, that emerged from Campbell’s record of her travels in Greenland has proved to be a rich source of inspiration.       

Roni Gross is a book artist who is interested in the theater of the book, its pacing, the music of language, and the resonance of color. She has been issuing multiples for 25 years under the imprint Zitouna, and limited edition letterpress printed books, which are collaborations with the sculptor Peter Schell, under the press name Z’roah. Her work is in the collections of The New York Public Library, The Library of Congress, and many other public and private collections.






Nancy Campbell
Photo by Annie Schlecter

Nancy Campbell is a British author and artist. Her works include How to Say ‘I Love You’ In Greenlandic: An Arctic Alphabet, which received the Birgit Skiöld Award in 2013. Nancy publishes widely on the visual arts, and between 2013 and 2017 she was Editor of Printmaking Today magazine. Her latest book, The Library of Ice, is an examination of art and the Arctic environment.