Elena Mary Siff ~ California



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Elena Mary Siff: “In my studio, I interpret the mystery, the humor and the threat of my dreams. Like a beachcomber or a scavenger wondering among the ruins, I collect and juxtapose bits of disparate material, creating my own order. The souvenirs of my travels have been a constant source of inspiration.”
   

About Women bookworks
Books of quotes, parables, sayings
Cloth books by Elena Siff
Wise words from Lao Tzu

 
   
   

A Place of Amusement
By Elena Mary Siff
Santa Monica, California: Elena Mary Siff, 2010. One-of-a-Kind.

7.5 x 5.25 x 1.25" wooden hinged box. Designed to stand or to hang on the wall. Collage. Found objects.

A spin on a cabinet of curiosities using miniature found objects and collaged text. The text centers on searching for contentment and happiness among the detritus of life — words and things.

Elena Mary Siff: "In my studio, I interpret the mystery, the humor, and the threat of my dreams. Like a beachcomber or a scavenger wondering among the ruins, I collect and juxtapose bits of disparate material, creating my own order. The souvenirs of my travels have been a constant source of inspiration."
$500

 


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The Book of Cards
By Elena Mary Siff
Santa Monica, California: Elena Mary Siff, 2009. One-of-a-Kind.

2.5 x 8.25 x 1.5"; 30 pages. Piano hinge binding with pointed dowels topped by beads. Collage with found objects.

Pages of collaged playing cards and found objects with appropriate sayings from Emerson, Galileo, Pancho Villa, Eleanor Roosevelt, and others.

"Don't let it end this way. Tell them I said something." – Pancho Villa
$200

 

 


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Blood
By Elena Mary Siff
Santa Monica, California: Elena Mary Siff, 2008. One-of-a-Kind.

4 x 4.75 x 1"; 14 pages. Jacob's ladder binding. Collage and found objects.

After seeing Daniel Day-Lewis in There was Blood, Siff was inspired to create this red book. Quotations from the past — Booker T. Washington, Virgil, Gandhi, Schweitzer, and others — about politics, death, and war.
$170

 

 

 


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Siff creates books of quotes, sayings, and proverbs from found objects and cuttings from various types of magazines and periodicals.
 

Confucius and others
By Elena Mary Siff
Santa Monica, California: Elena Mary Siff, 2007. One-of-a-Kind.

6 x 9"; 5 leaves. Handmade paper. Handsewn stab binding with accent of shells and beads. Collage and found objects.

Quotations from Confucius, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Aristotle, Virgil, Albert Schweitzer, Henry David Thoreau, Francis Darwin, and Hugo De Groot adorned by collage work.

Confucius: "The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort."
$225

 


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No Act of Kindness...
Wise Sayings from the Orient

By Elena Mary Siff
Santa Monica, California: Elena Mary Siff, 2007. One-of-a-Kind.

4.8 x 7.1"; 4 leaves. Collage with text and found objects: metal bits, faux jewelry, thread, and cloth. Paper handmade by artist.

Interspersed with Siff's collage are snippets of sayings from the Orient.

"By much falling the child learns to walk."
$250

 


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Wise Words
By Elena Mary Siff
Santa Monica, California: Elena Mary Siff, 2007. One-of-a-Kind.

3 x 3.8"; 16 pages. Cloth bound. Thread and button closure. Collage and found objects.

Quotes from Delacroix, Herbert Henry Asquith, Shakespeare, Lincoln, George Herbert, Horace Walpole, Goethe, Thoreau, Schweitzer, Elmer Davis, Saadi, Galileo, Einstein.

Anonymous: "Children may close their ears to advice, but open their eyes to example."
$165


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The Best Mirror is an Old Friend
By Elena Mary Siff
Santa Monica, California: Elena Mary Siff, 2006. One-of-a-Kind.

4.9 x 9" oval book. Stab binding with bead-and-shell tassel accents. Mixed media and collage.

Quotations from the past (George Herbert, Gandhi, Schweitzer, etc.) speak to the present.

"Politics is the art of preventing people from taking part in affairs which properly concern them."Paul Valery (1871 - 1945)

"If you want to make peace, you don't talk to your friends, you talk to your enemies."Moshe Dayan (1918 - 1981)
$250


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Siff is particularly interested in the writings of Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu.
 

Evolved Individuals
By Elena Mary Siff
Santa Monica, California: Elena Mary Siff, 2008. One-of-a-Kind.

5 x 6.75 x 1.25"; 4 pages. Handmade paper by Siff with found objects (beads and strings). Piano hinge binding with pointed dowels topped by beads.

Siff fondly calls this "the bark book" as there are strips of bark incorporated in the collages. Quotations from Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching.

"They do not display themselves; therefore, they are illuminated"
$200

 

 


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Establishing a Universal View
Quote by Lao Tzu
Santa Monica, California: Elena Mary Siff, 2007. One-of-a-Kind.

6.5 x 10"; 10 leaves. Pages re-cycled from a watercolor (on handmade paper) by artist Sam Erenberg (Siff's husband). Piano hinge binding with chopsticks adorned with beads at points.

Quotations from Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching:

"What is skillfully established will not be uprooted."
$275

 


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The Skillful Exchange of Information
[Quotations] by Lao Tzu
Santa Monica, California: Elena Mary Siff, 2007. One-of-a-Kind.

3.25 x 8"; 8 leaves. Piano hinge binding with pointed dowels topped by beads. Collage with found objects. Pages of handmade paper.

Elena Siff: "The text is from the Tao of Power (Tao Te Ching) by Lao Tzu, a Chinese philosopher of the 6th BC. His words are as powerful today as the day they were written. The more things change the more they stay the same in this world obsessed with power and control. "

"A good path has no ruts."
$200


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Not only does Elena Siff work in collage but in textile. These books use cloth as their basis then move into those bits and pieces that she finds along her way.
   

Sha-weetie (Babe in a Bag)
By Elena Mary Siff
Santa Monica, California: Elena Mary Siff, 2008. One-of-a-Kind.

11 x 9.5"; doll, bag, miniature book. Book: 1.7 x 3"; 8 pages; accordion; collage. Doll: found objects (buttons; textiles; bits and pieces of jewelry). Processes: sewing; collage.

An assemblage using bits and pieces to re-dress a discarded doll. A sort of pocket in the doll's dress holds an accordion fold book of collages with images of women and Day of the Dead characters. Word phrases are collaged across the pages — from "no thanks" to "how much sin can I get away with." Virtue? Vice? Reality? Fun? Yes.
$295

 


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Many of Siff's collaged books contain quotes about women and how they are perceived.
   

About Women
By Elena Mary Siff
Santa Monica, California: Elena Mary Siff, 2010. One-of-a-Kind.

3.5 x 3.5" closed, extends to 25"; 15 pages. Vertical foldout book. Collage. Single page sewn binding. Wrapper with toothpick and slip closure.

The structure of About Women is reminiscent of a foldout postcard book. But instead of capturing places, Siff captures statements about women. Collaged quotes from personalities such as Sigmund Freud and Susan B. Anthony are intermingled with collages of flowers and photos of women.
$150

 

 


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Book of Fabulous Feminine Fancies
By Elena Mary Siff
Santa Monica, California: Elena Mary Siff, 2009. One-of-a-Kind.

6.5 x 5.25"; 10 cloth pages. 8 ACEOs (Artist Card Exchange Originals). Collage and found objects. Each recto page with sewn fabric pocket. Hand-sewn stitched binding accented with handmade beads and found objects.

Fabric book with Artist Card Exchange Originals, cards designed by collage artists for exchanging with other artists.
(SOLD)


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Diva Divine
By Elena Mary Siff
Santa Monica, California: Elena Mary Siff, 2009. One-of-a-Kind.

6 x 8.5"; 18 pages. Found objects. Collage. Popsicle sticks and beads.

In this homage to Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907 – 1954), Siff combines collage and other found objects. The result is a "stick'' figure with the face of Kahlo tipped on. The skirt is a book of collaged images.

Elena Mary Siff: "My love of assemblage art and my love of book art caused me to combine these techniques to create book objects. Diva Divine is a good example of these blended art forms. I enjoy expanding the notion of what a book can be; in this case an art doll, a book and a piece of assemblage art which can be hung on the wall. Frida Kahlo's art and the Mexican fortunetelling loteria cards are inspirations to me, and I have combined my interests in both to create this book object."
(SOLD)

 


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The Love Book
By Elena Mary Siff
Santa Monica, California: Elena Mary Siff, 2009. One-of-a-Kind.

2.5 x 2.5", 28 pages. Miniature. Piano hinge binding with pointed dowels topped by beads. Collage with found objects Including stamps and small hearts. Quotations tipped in.

Siff calls this little book "one of her valentine books." Heart and flower collages are intermingled with quotations about love .

here is no remedy for love but to love more.
                                                   ~
Henry David Thoreau

Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.
                                                    ~ William Shakespeare

(SOLD)

 


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Road Maps
By Elena Mary Siff
Santa Monica, California: Elena Mary Siff, 2008. One-of-a-Kind.

Structure: 5.1 x 1.25 1.75". Accordion book: .6 x 1.2" closed; .6 x 9" extended; 18 pages. Accordion folds out from the flat bed of a toy truck, which has been mounted on a thin wood base. The pages are collage using stamps and cut-out text.

A spinoff of Siff's "Art in Transit" project (2004) in which she created a series of ten trucks on which she collaged works of well known artists. In this version, she has used a miniature truck as the base to haul wise words (by Plato, Vergil, da Vinci, Norman Cousins, and others) for life.

"The first step to wisdom is silence. The second is listening."

(SOLD)


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Wise Words Series
By Elena Mary Siff
Santa Monica, California: Elena Mary Siff, 2006. One-of-a-Kind.

2 x 2" closed; 11 x 2" extended; 12 pages. Miniature book in accordion format, each page embellished with sequins, shells and jewels. Collage with actual postage stamps from around the world and wise quotations. Tie closure.

Collage artist Elena Mary Siff has a series of miniature books on wise words. The stamps in each are all of a pattern (e.g., art or comic characters).

Available Wise Word Books:

Children’s characters with wise words: A Christmas Island stamp of with quotation from Pakowhi, “Good things are coming to you in due course of time.”

Art and wise words: A Mississippi effigy stamp with a quotation by Emerson, “A great man is always willing to be little.”
(SOLD)



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