Na’ama Zussman

researching the field of artists’ books, a realm that carries cartographical characteristics of both a map and a territory

Na’ama Zussman is an artist currently pursuing her doctoral studies in the Cultural Studies program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She holds a master’s degree in Art and the Book from the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design at The George Washington University. Her thesis essay, which received the Award for Graduate Critical Writing, discusses the conceptual perception of artists’ books as both map and territory. She has also completed an internship at the Rare Book and Special Collections Division in the Library of Congress, where she gave a talk on her area of research: Digressional Wanderings. She is the recipient of numerous awards including a Michael P. Denker Fellow, by the Chesapeake Chapter of the American Printing History Association. A recent publication by Zussman, published in the April, 2016 issue of The Blue Notebook: Journal for artists’ books, discusses the Production of Place in Sam Winston’s work. Recent acquisitions of her artist’s book, A Survey of a World, were made by The Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress, The Butler Library in Columbia University, and the Boston Athenaeum.

Her research, under the guidance of Dr. Dani Schrire and Dr. Carola Hilfrich, focuses on the field of artists’ books, a realm that carries cartographical characteristics of both a map and a territory, varied affinities with the world, and unique implementations of dimension and time. She addresses the difficulties in defining this unique artistic phenomenon, and suggests shifting the angle, through which its denotation is done, to the documentation of the passage from space to place created in artists’ books. This angle also emphasises the process rather than the end product.

Selected Publications

Zussman, Na’ama. “Sam Winston—A Production of Place.” The Blue Notebook : Journal for artists’ books, Volume 10, No. 2 (April 2016): 30-41


Publications (Artist’s Books)

2015                           A survey of a World

2013                           Reliquiae (collaborative work).

2012-2013                 Non-Boundaries Series, a series of three artist’s books.

A Survey of a World