We are heartbroken to learn of the death of Stephanie Ognar. Stephanie was one of the very first artists we worked with, back when Temporary Services maintained a storefront space at 2890 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago. In April and May of 1999, we presented 12 of Stephanie’s flip books. These smart and charming handmade books, among the most interesting and effective uses of the flip book format we have seen, each focused on a single subtle gesture. Shown is the book Wink. Other books in the series included everyday gestures like taking a bath, taking off a coat, smoking, spitting, glancing, and staring.
Ognar’s work was also included in The Library Project that we organized in 2001. Though that was our last collaboration with Stephanie, she remained a friend of the group and it was always a pleasure to see or hear from her. More of Stephanie’s work can be found at her website. She was also active on Flickr and Goodreads.
Stephanie Ognar was a smart, gentle and thoughtful artist. She was a quiet presence in the world but her death is a huge loss to anyone that knew her. She will be sadly missed.