The Spirit Books

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The Spirit Books Susan Kapuscinzki Gaylord Newburyport, Massachussets 1992-ongoing

The Spirit Books
Susan Kapuscinzki Gaylord
Massachusetts 1992-ongoing

The Spirit Books offer a meditative engagement with the spirit of nature. They are wordless contemplative objects—part sculpture and part book—that are made with natural materials and handmade papers to celebrate the beauty and meaning of nature found in small things gathered rather than landscapes and vistas viewed.

The Spirit Books bring together my love of the book and my response to the natural world that we see and the invisible one that lies behind it. I feel a deep connection to older powers as I gather twigs, branches, vines, and roots. Using them to cradle books, I link them to the longstanding tradition of books as testaments of faith and belief. Each page is a meditation that echoes nature with both repetition and variety. “Reading” the book is meant to be a contemplative experience that takes the reader out of the everyday world and into a state of gratitude and reverence.

Susan Kapuscinzki Gaylord <>


About sense of place in artist books

I am an artist. I find the ephemeral place in my art conjured up through practice. I sift through raw materials with my hopes and dreams, and ideas take form as if intended.
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