Anatomy for the Artist

Jessica Hiemstra-van der Horst

¶ Jessica Hiemstra-van der Horst's Anatomy for the Artist is many things at once. A suite of poems with accompanying illustrations, it follows the tradition of ut pictura poesis. As meditations on the relationship between art and poetry, they are sophisticated and yet these poems do much more as well. They consider the ingredients of our lives: phone calls to mothers, a love affair, line-ups, cooking. The suppleness of bodies, how we imagine them, how we depict them, how we desire others, how this becomes an art: this is the meat of Hiemstra-van der Horst's suite.


Jessica Hiemstra-van der Horst is a visual artist and writer who lives in Surrey, British Columbia. Her poems have appeared in several Canadian journals including The Antigonish Review, The Malahat Review and Carousel. Her first collection of poems, Excerpts from Gerald, God and the Chickens (Frog Hollow Press) was published in 2008. Her artwork has been exhibited across Canada.



5.75" × 9.75", 28pp. 100 + A-Z copies.
ISBN: 978-1-894744-27-0

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The text is hand-set in 14pt Perpetua with lettering by the artist for display (printed from polymer). The illustrations are giclée prints from an Epson 3800 Pro using pigment-based archival inks. Page stock is Mohawk Superfine, with a flyleaf and wrapper of handmade cotton from India. Text printed letterpress in 2 colours throughout.