More Photographs of An Encyclopedia of Everything and Other Matters


Posted on 20th October 2014 by cheryl in An Encyclopedia of Everything


This time courtesy of Paulo Menezes – many thanks Paulo.  Website:

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Its Just not Wonderland. Cheryl Penn/TICTAC (Ptrizia) (Germany). An Encyclopedia of Everything.


Posted on 14th October 2014 by cheryl in Uncategorized


Book 11 in a series of collaborative writing endeavours. 

Its Just not Wonderland Cheryl Penn:TICTAC An Encyclopedia of Everything

This poetry book was a real Work In Progress for quite a while, beginning in March this year. I had said I would not use the same verse again, but this had already begun – and in a way, I am glad it continued as this collaboration provided further insight into the path words take in the minds of different Wordsmiths. In verse two, TICTAC’s immediate response was the metaphor of a mirror. There are many philosophers who have used analogy. Take these two examples:

Søren Kierkegaard (1847) wrote: “as the sea mirrors the elevation of heaven in its pure depths, so may the heart when it is calm and deeply transparent mirror the divine elevation of the God in its pure depths”, and Richard Rorty, too, makes use of the mirror metaphor in his work, Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature (1979), arguing that “the picture which holds traditional philosophy captive is that of the mind as a great mirror, containing various representations—some accurate, some not—and capable of being studied by pure, non-empirical methods.”

Our collaboration went like this:

Its Just not Wonderland Cheryl Penn:TICTAC An Encyclopedia of Everything 1

…The mirror lies

Emptiness has no face

But a fascinating blankness

Like Walking Along

The suspension points…


…caught inbetween

reality and a marginally

illusory perception of now

in which

the mirror lies

lies the


For the full version of this work see

Meditation Boards – Pal Csaba (Hungary). An Encyclopedia of Everything.


Posted on 13th October 2014 by cheryl in An Encyclopedia of Everything

Meditation on Board Pal Csaba Hungary An Encyclopedia of Everything

Another book not blogged prior to setting up, but which forms part of the Encyclopedia:

Meditation on Board Pal Csaba Hungary An Encyclopedia of Everything 1

Meditation Boards  All Pal’s visual work I have seen is expressive and his books really well made. Much of his work is abstract in nature and in this instance, the use of the word ‘meditation” indicates his continued awareness of the unconscious. I found evidence of this interst and preoccupation on his wordpress site where his most current exhibition is written of in the following terms:

Meditation on Board Pal Csaba Hungary An Encyclopedia of Everything 2

“What is reality and what is the reality of our response, (to any) internal reaction. The human soul is full of unconscious desires and emotions. They often run ‘contrary’ to our world outside. Opposition due to the inner world, the consciousness of the elements of interest. The internal forces such as resistors come up against them and “incompatible” desire to expel from consciousness. These elements ousted then we know nothing. I’m looking for and would like to express these unconscious elements.” I can see such thoughts at work in this book – “the unknown in the known”. see

London! Oxford! (and) Tango guide to a great dance experience in Buenos Aires – Erika Mordeck (Australia) An Encyclopedia of Everything.


Posted on 9th October 2014 by cheryl in Uncategorized

London! Oxford! Erica Mordeck (Australia) An Encyclopedia of Everything

London! Oxford!

Erika sent two books that I just HAD to include in the Encyclopedia as they are beautifully made and I don’t have any subjects like this so far. One gets inventive when having to make things work – I just turned the books around and they fitted the A6 format (mostly). London! Oxford has a haunting array of beautiful photographs overlaid with notes on ‘butchers’ paper which document various thoughts and experiences. (The book is up in the gallery as I write this, so I am going from memory).

London! Oxford! Erica Mordeck (Australia) An Encyclopedia of Everything 1

Tango guide to a great dance experience in Buenos Aires

Tango Guide Erica Mordeck (Australia) An Encyclopedia of Everything 1

This is Erika’s “personal take on what to do, how to do it, and where to go when on a tango journey in Buenos Aires. I read through the small books slowly, Erika’s writing is informative and snappy – my two favorite ways! A sample quote from her book: “This note taking at the milonga is an opportunity to rest my feet. It is an opportunity to watch dancers, to think about where I am, and to enjoy other people dancing. I know that every time I come back from here, my dancing has changed. But as I watch some tourists take to the pista and dance oblivious to the rest of the dancers, I wonder if they will go home a changed dancer. Or will they keep all their bad habits and lack of etiquette?… I saw some awful tourists just walk through the crowd of dancers to get to the center, right in the middle of a song” – (that made me cringe).

Tango Guide Erica Mordeck (Australia) An Encyclopedia of Everything 2There are notes on buses to take, vendor etiquette )if you don’t want to end up in trouble), how to behave in order not to be taken advantage of – many interesting tips on travel in Buenos Aires “when you get there, Milongas, Shoes, classes and other things”. I’m dying to ask of course – is Erika a professional tangoist??

Exhibition Set Up – An Encyclopedia of Everything


Posted on 9th October 2014 by cheryl in Uncategorized

For an update on the exhibition please see

Exhibition News – An Encyclopedia of Everything.


Posted on 1st October 2014 by cheryl in Uncategorized

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Condensed Catalogue Introduction:
artists statement:

There is a reason for making byte size books of the vade mecum sort. It’s the result of too many ideas in constant disarray, endlessly knocking and needing to be given form. Form? Ideas persuading the metaphysical dimension to open up and fold themselves into the pages of a book. Encyclopedias have been around for about 2000 years – still in existence is Naturalis Historia written about AD77 by Pliny the elder.

Encyclopedias are tomes of articles and subjects on any and every topic of accumulated, verifiable knowledge. They differ to dictionaries in that a linguistic, alphabetical listing of words is limiting. This form of classification may leave the meaning-seeker lacking in contextualized understanding and association.
But this encyclopedia is different.
Here, when a volume discusses printing, one can run fingers down the impressions left by the printing press, and touch the unevenness of ink. Or, a book on artists’ stamps has samples of these intimate artworks, gathered from around the world. Therefore, the curious thing with this particular collection is the way information is presented, the change information has undergone in the hands of an artist. It presents in real time, an original artifact; how artists and writers interpret and intimately engage with facts – a demonstration of how artists think and decode subject matter in their own unique ways. And, this installation continually proves to be an area ripe for artistic collaboration – a body of work made possible through world wide collective adventure.

There is renewed interest in the notebooks and drawn or written thoughts and jottings of remarkable men and women. Simple things, like shopping lists, and personal observations, writing down pertinent quotes and ‘things to do’, have helped those interested to pierce together the daily grind of lives lived so long ago. Imagine owning/knowing Aristotle’s shopping list – well, I’m curious.

An Encyclopedia of Everything was once just such an inkling, a jot in a notebook, but now, this simple idea is manifest in over 350 small book works. I could not have done it without the constant engagement of the artists listed, so my appreciation of their contribution is unbounded and here acknowledged. And, this is by no means over. More books are already in the making for:
An Encyclopedia of Everything – The Expanded Version.

Reed Altemus (USA)
Rosaire Appel (USA)
Jac Balmer (UK)
Tiziana Baracchi (Italy)
Vittore Baroni (Italy)
Allan Bealy (USA) (Collaboration)
Angela Behrendt (Germany)
C. Mehrl Bennett (USA)
John Bennett (USA)
Jessica Bothma (South Africa)
Judy Bourke (Australia)
Kathy Boyle (New Zealand)
Vizma Bruns (Australia)
Joel Chace (USA) (Collaboration)
Daniel Chapman [Mook Lion] (South Africa)
Sally Chinea (UK)
Marian Crane (USA)
Pal Csaba (Hungary)
David Dellafiora (Australia)
Theresa Easton (UK)
Ken Ford (Australia)
Robyn Foster (Australia)
Carina Granlund (Finland)
Rob Grant (Australia)
Rosa Gravino (Argentina)
Karen Greenwood (South Africa)
Uli Grohmann (Germany)
Wolfgang Guenther (Germany) (Collaboration)
Rebecca Guyver (UK)
Sue Hobbs (South Africa)
Estelle Hudson (South Africa)
Laura Hudson (New Zealand)
Lisa Iverson (USA)
Eberhard Janke (Germany)
Bifidus Jones (USA)
Satu Kaikkonen (Finland)
Hilke Kurzke (UK)
Susanna Lakner (Germany)
Robin Lamplough (South Africa)
Alexander Limarev (Russia)
Lesley Magwood-Fraser (South Africa)
Yves Maraux (France)
Dean Marks (France)
Catherine Mc Cue Boes(Australia)
Kathleen Nartuhi (USA)
Not Hi Ng (USA)
Jürgen Olbrich (Germany) (Collaboration)
Jack Oudyn (Australia)
Cheryl Penn (South Africa)
Walter Pennacchi (Italy)
Marcela Peral (Argentina)
Martine Rastello (France)
Bernd Reichert (Belgium)
Kensa Rescorla (UK)
Colleen Ross (South Africa)
Chris Ruston (UK)
Ruth Shaw-Williams (UK)
Gwen Simpson (UK)
Christopher Skinner (UK)
Mark Sonnenfeld (USA)
Alicia Starr (USA)
Karl Steurer (Switzerland)
Matthew Stolte (USA)
David Stone (USA)
Rod Summers (Netherlands)
Erich Sunnderman (Austria)
TICTAC (Ptrzia) (Germany)
Cauli Torma (Budapest, Hungary)
Stephanie Turnbull (UK)
Lubomyr Tymkiv (Ukraine)
Anete Ulmane (Latvia)
Guido Vermeulen (Belgium)
Petru Viljoen (South Africa)
Klaus von Mirbach (Germany)
Svenja Wahl (Germany)
Nadine Wendell Mojica (USA)
Marie Wintzer (Japan)
Jesvin Yeo (Singapore)

An Encyclopedia of Everything and Other Matters
Artists Book Exhibition by Cheryl Penn
Since concluding her Masters Degree in 2010 and the accompanying exhibition The Reading Room, Cheryl Penn has continued to investigate the artists’ book as an art medium. The schizoid nature of these works: textual/verbal, visual/pictorial and public/private has meant that this form of art can flaunt such a complex multiplicity of forms that “the book will never be done”. We live in Technology Times, where prognosticators continually predict the death of the book, but exhibitions such as this prove that “everything in the world exists in order to end up in a book” – Stephané Mallarmé (1876). The exhibition displays her current work in progress – the international collection, collaboration and display of over 350 small bookworks explicitly assembled for an installation titled An Encyclopedia of Everything. Other book collaborations and artists books will be on show.
A link to some exhibition information:

9 dreams a diary. Klaus von Mirbach (Germany). An Encyclopedia of Everything.


Posted on 21st September 2014 by cheryl in Uncategorized

9 dreams a diary: 

9 dreams a diary - Klaus von Mirbach (Germany) An Encyclopedia of Everything 1A beautifully made book received from Klaus opens with the preface: “When I wake up, I do not remember the whole dream. A few sentences are left, sometimes just words or pictures. I draw, I write down these fragments… the dreams in this book are therefore not accurate notes of my night dreams…the transfer of drawings in linocuts, the selection of dreams…changes the dreams once more. Or is it rather the case, with such an art activity it comes closer to what happened at night? Who knows”. Indeed who does? Dreams change during telling, the unconscious I think highlighting something, which may be concealed in the dreaming. It’s a strange business, dreaming, yet, if I don’t dream I feel defrauded – as though I endured an inactive night.  9 dreams a diary - Klaus von Mirbach (Germany) An Encyclopedia of Everything Sunday August 20th ‘s dream: They asked me, what my greatest wish would be for the rest of my life and I said, without giving any thought: I wish I could fly again in my dreams, like the time when I was a child when every night with arms outstretched and the wind I flew over forests, fields and the sea. They answered: Unfortunately, this is no longer possible. It’s too late”. Is it I wonder? 9 dreams a diary - Klaus von Mirbach (Germany) An Encyclopedia of Everything 2