Books as Life: 2024 Member's Exhibition


Bryn Ziegler

Bryn Ziegler is a Philadelphia artist and educator specializing in intricate narrative books. She holds an MFA in Book Arts from UArts and teaches at the Delaware College of Art and Design. Bryn’s practice encompasses contemporary digital techniques and profoundly traditional craft, giving her a dynamic perspective on narrative arts.

Don’t Look Into The Abyss

Don’t Look Into The Abyss is an interactive choose-your-path book designed to emulate the feeling of navigating self-discovery within restrictive structures. In addition to the gamified narrative, Don’t Look Into The Abyss has a number of secrets. Despite the sci-fi visuals, at its core Don’t Look Into The Abyss is an exploration of everyday queerness and what it means to make new choices within established cycles. Alongside the large, accessible book edition printed on a Heidelberg KORS offset lithography press, I crafted a small deluxe edition of enclosures that double as an immersive space to experience the book.

Book: 4.25” x 7.75” x .5” Deluxe edition enclosure: 11” x 11” x 1”
Book: Offset lithography, long-stitch binding. Deluxe edition enclosure: pochoir printing, laser cutting, box-making techniques.