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May 9, 2001

Novels Bursting With Images

Some art exhibits grab your attention, but Maria Winkler's latest exhibition literally pops out at you. Her collection of pop-up books, dating back several centuries, is on display at California State University, Sacramento from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday in the library's archives room.

artworkAccording to Winkler, an art professor at CSUS, pop-up books are creative, three-dimensional works of art that defy age limitations.

"I started collecting pop-up books about two years ago because I found them to be such a wonderful art form. The quality of the illustrations are so intricate," she said. "I really admire the paper engineers for their inventive and creative styles."

Aside from being an art form, pop-up books increase a reader's interest with the use of revolving parts to combine the imaginative power of pictures and story with the manual use of movable parts. The history of pop-up books dates back to the 13th century, but Winkler's favorites have a 21st century theme.artwork

"I especially like the books from the 1930s and 1940s because they illustrate popular culture images like Mickey Mouse, Dick Tracy and other comics and fairy tales," Winkler said. "I find these images particularly significant in terms of the illustrations because I found those illustrations later influenced my artwork as an adult."

For more information about the exhibit call (916) 278-6144. Media assistance is available by contacting CSUS public affairs at (916) 278-6156.


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