COVID-19 Update

July 11, 2020: Biblio is open and shipping orders. Read more here.

Skip to content

Biblio logo: Used, Rare and Collectible Books for Sale

Deconstructing Elsie. by  Inc.] Nava Atlas [Amberwood Press - Edition of 200 - 2014. - from Vamp & Tramp, Booksellers, LLC (SKU: 21325)

Deconstructing Elsie.

Click for full-size.

Deconstructing Elsie.

by [Amberwood Press, Inc.] Nava Atlas

  • Used
See description
Seller rating:
This seller has earned a 5 of 5 Stars rating from Biblio customers.
Birmingham, Alabama
4 Copies Available from This Seller
(You can add more at checkout.)
Item Price:
$14.35 shipping to USA
Standard Delivery: 2 to 8 days

More Shipping Options
Ask Seller a Question

Payment Methods Accepted

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Paypal

About This Item

New Paltz, New York:: Amberwood Press,, 2014.. Edition of 200. 11 x 14"; 18 pages Digital offset. Spiral bound with pictorial laminated covers. Nava Atlas: "When I began working on Deconstructing Elsie, my purpose was to create a visual exploration of the dark side of the dairy industry in a nutshell, from the heartbreaking abuse of cows (as well as the discarded calves that become veal) to pollution of soil and water, dissemination of false information, and much more in between. What I didn't expect was to find such a huge intersection between the stark facts about Big Dairy and ideas about oppression as they pertain to patriarchy and misogyny. Altering midcentury Elsie the Cow advertisements seemed a perfect vehicle for presenting the disturbing themes in these intertwined subjects with a bit of levity. "In the preface of the feminist classic, The Sexual Politics of Meat, Carol J. Adams writes, 'What, or precisely who, we eat is determined by the patriarchal politics of our culture, and that the meanings attached to meat eating include meanings clustered around virility.' The Elsie ads make this concept almost glaringly obvious. Elsie's 'husband,' Elmer the bull, constantly bellows at and belittles her with searing sarcasm. And she, representing the accommodating housewife trope, seeks only to please and placate. "Deconstructing Elsie weaves health, environmental, political, and ethical issues particular to the dairy industry with notions of gender and animal oppression and of male dominance. This artist's book, along with a related wall installation, will be part of a 2015 exhibition at the National Museum of Animals and Society in Los Angeles titled 'The Art of the Animal: 14 Women Artists Explore the Sexual Politics of Meat.' The exhibit will be accompanied by a book of the same name and is expected to travel.


Review this book and you'll be entered for a chance to win $50!

(Log-in or create an account first!)

You're rating the book as a work, not the seller or the specific copy you purchased!


Vamp & Tramp, Booksellers, LLC US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
Deconstructing Elsie.
[Amberwood Press, Inc.] Nava Atlas
Book condition
Quantity available
Edition of 200
Amberwood Press,
Place of Publication
New Paltz, New York:
Date published
Artists' Books Artists' Books Food preparation American food industry New York Artist Michigan grad American beef industry American history

Terms of Sale

Vamp & Tramp, Booksellers, LLC

30 day return guarantee, with full refund including original shipping costs for up to 30 days after delivery if an item arrives misdescribed or damaged.

About the Seller

Vamp & Tramp, Booksellers, LLC

Seller rating:
This seller has earned a 5 of 5 Stars rating from Biblio customers. member since: 2009
Birmingham, Alabama
Ask Seller a Question

About Vamp & Tramp, Booksellers, LLC

As Vamp & Tramp, Booksellers, LLC, Vicky and Bill Stewart represent over 300 contemporary fine presses and books artists. While they do have a website ( and do exhibit regularly at selected book fairs, their forte is taking the actual work to potential customers. They drive around the US from mid-January until Thanksgiving, taking the works they represent to institutional and private customers. Their mini-van becomes a traveling gallery, a movable feast of Book Arts. The Stewarts offer educational talks and workshops to groups of all kinds, spreading the word about the wonders of contemporary fine press and artists books.


Some terminology that may be used in this description includes:

A technique of printing where the inked image or text is ...[more]

This Book’s Categories