Graceful fish, remarkable seashells, weird shapes and the blurred distinction between plants and animals inspired the unique artist book by Myrtha Steiner.

CHF 4’620

115% of CHF 4’000

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The «all or nothing» principle applies: The project only receives the funds if the funding target is reached or exceeded.

32 backers

Successfully concluded on 14/8/2014

The phenomenal submarine world of coral reefs displayed on hundreds of pages, distinctively drawn and printed by the hand of the artist in a limited edition. Take part in this outstanding project and receive an exclusive print!


In 2004, I was living and working in an art studio in Singapore. I learned to dive and thereby discovered a mesmerizing new world: The world of coral reefs and sea animals, dispersing in front of my eyes, mind-boggling and stimulating.

During 52 dives which took 2382 minutes all together, I was exploring the flora and fauna of the South China Sea with growing fascination. Curious fish, colourful seashells, arcane formations, the disappearance of yellow and red colours while descending – each dive brought new discovery.

My observations became the source of the book «Boxfish & Co.». I am drawing and printing each of the pages with my lithography press, in an edition of 12 copies. Contrary to the astonishing colours of the sea I am printing with black ink only.

Why do I ask for your support:

The artist book is a long-term project. It will take many years to finish. After a fire in my studio in 2009, I had to start over. The already printed edition was partially destroyed. I will present the supporters with the pages that remained undamaged.

How I will invest your donation:

Purchase of printing material – paper, printer’s ink, sand to grind the stones, gum arabic, etc. – to continue the project.


I cordially invite you to see the course of the project!

  • Opening: Friday, September 7th, 2012, from 6–8 PM at the kabinett visarte zürich, Schoffelgasse 10, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
  • Duration of the exhibition: September 8th–29th

«Boxfish & Co.» - Technique: hand-printed lithography - Size: 18 x 11 cm - Number of pages: ca. 600 - Edition: 12 and 1 AP