Merav Shinn Ben‑Alon


Artist's Book

This little book, the dBook, measuring 15x10 cm, is the same size as the sketchbooks with which the artist works daily. It includes 50 drawings and no text, printed on three types of paper, one of which is half-transparent. The book preserves the eclectic contemplative nature of the original sketchbooks and allows the viewer/reader to play with the drawings and rearrange them into a new narrative.

dBook, stands for drawing book, diary book, and daily book, and is also a play on the word “dybbuk” (in Jewish folklore, a malicious disembodied soul that seeks refuge in a living person), an obsession.

The first edition of 50 copies was issued in 2015, and the second, of 100 copies, in 2017. The dBook has been featured at Art Fairs such as Artport Tel Aviv and Inprint Jerusalem and at the xpon-art gallery Hamburg.

The book can also be found in the Artist’s Books section at the Tel Aviv Museum Library and at The Design Library at Beit Ariela in Tel Aviv.

  • Copies: 150
  • Pages: 50
  • Type of binding: softcover
  • Dimensions (cm): 15X15X2
  • Printing: Nahlieli
  • Binding: Nahlieli
  • Type of printing: Digital
  • Publication: Self-Published
  • Place of publication: Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Israel
  • Book photography: Yair Meyuhas

Merav Shinn Ben-Alon, born in 1965, lives and works in Tel Aviv-Yafo. Shinn Ben-Alon holds a BFA from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem and an MA degree from the Interdisciplinary Program in the Faculty of Arts at Tel Aviv University. Shinn Ben-Alon works in various mediums, including drawing, painting, installation, and writing. In her works, Shinn Ben-Alon strives to express emotional content through minimal means and deals with the topics of gender and trauma while commenting on muted social narratives.