Monochrome images of sea urchins and meteorites, the head of the mummy of Rameses II alongside a bust of Julius Caesar, an advertisement for an Olympia typewriter, an organ, Tom Horn and the rope he made in jail, bandaging techniques, the mudskipper, a lady on horseback by Velázquez. Just a few of the countless images in books presented to us by artist Batia Suter in the Parallel Encyclopedia. The original captions are reproduced along with the images.
Although the book has not been particularly well printed, although the artist and designer tell us little of the context, and although a few members thought the design was excessively detached, the panel were still fascinated. Indeed, it was difficult to stop leafing through this book of almost six hundred pages. As you read, you discover the associations that the artist has brought together on each spread. The design by Roger Willems brings the collection to life by giving the illustrations the space they need and an index characterized by typographical restraint. The book benefits from this because this way it remains open to association and interpretation. Let yourself be carried into this amazing world!