Elisabeth Tonnard (Leerdam, 1973) is a Dutch artist and poet working in artists’ books, photography and literature. Since 2003 she has published over thirty books in which texts and images extracted from the cultural archive are processed and laid out to exhibit their latent messages.
The works range in scale and method from a book that is completely invisible, to a book containing a short story that swallowed a novel, to a book that is a swimming pool. The books are held in numerous public and private collections including the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Centre Pompidou, Columbia University, MoMA Library, New York Public Library, Tate Library and the Walker Art Center.
The work has won several awards, most recently the Kleine Hans Award. Tonnard graduated in Comparative Literature at the Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, where she was also a lecturer, and obtained a Master of Fine Arts degree at Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York. In 2014 she had a retrospective solo show at the Van Abbe museum. In 2015 she was a resident at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin.