noun

Media: Offset printed, spiral bound artist’s book
Dimensions: 4” x 8” x 0.75”
First Edition Size: 180
Second Edition Size: 250
Date: 2010

noun is a playful artist’s book about words and their definitions, an exquisite corpse with words. Starting with 27 real English words, each word and its definition has been divided into two parts. By turning the pages, you mix and match the word halves to create humorous and nonsensical new words and meanings.

Examples of words and definitions that can be put together:
whisper + umbrella = whisbrella: A low sibilant utterance for sheltering one from rain and sun.
banana + onomatopoeia = bananpoeia: A large herbaceous perennial tropical plant that bears fruit imitating the sound of the thing or action signified.
muffin + tyrant = muffrant: A quick bread made of batter unrestrained by law or constitution.
nomenclature + ancestry = nomencestry: A system or set of names for things derived from, or possessed by, an ancestor or ancestors.

This first edition was printed in the Borowsky Center for Publication Arts at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Special thanks to Lori Spencer and Amanda D’Amico.