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Artist's book - The bad dream book

The bad dream book

  • Object:

    Artist's book

  • Place of origin:

    Atlanta (published)

  • Date:

    1994 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Thomas, Larry Beck (artist)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    National Art Library

The arresting, disturbing exterior of this unique artist's book hints at the book's contents - an interpretation of bad dreams.

Inside, each page consists of a word, handwritten in pencil, indicating an animal, object, or concept accompanied by a rubber-stamped image, hand-coloured in crayon illustrating the word. Beneath each image, in rubber-stamped letters, is an interpretation of the object or concept's meaning in a bad dream. For example, 'Shipwreck - loss of property', 'Drowning - foretells illness'.

This book object is characteristic of the artist's work in its highly inventive binding and its recycling of everyday found objects as part of the creative process.

Physical description

Unique artist's book.

The book is mounted on the wheels of a child's toy car or truck. The front cover has a small painted plaster hand fixed by thread and glue to the binding. The hand is holding a painted bunch of artificial roses with yellow and red flowers and green stalk and leaves. Each page consists of a word, handwritten in pencil, a rubber stamped image, coloured in crayon, illustrating the word, and beneath, using rubber stamped letters, a cautionary phrase, word, or sentence.

28 pages

Place of Origin

Atlanta (published)


1994 (published)


Thomas, Larry Beck (artist)


Height: 21 cm

Descriptive line

Artist's book, 'The bad dream book', by Larry Beck Thomas, Atlanta, 1994


National Art Library


National Art Library

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