The Open Book, and it’s an idea that is also illustrated by book sculptures.
I admit to a bit of ambivalence about using books as the raw material for sculpture: cutting them up, destroying their content of words, seems like sacrilege. On the other hand, lots of old books just end up getting thrown away, and it’s certainly far more respectful of them to transform them into a new form of art. I’m quite tempted to try my hand at the medium myself!
First, a ship at sea by Emma Taylor. What I like particularly about this one is the wonderfully wavy pages on which the ship tosses. Many book sculptures are simply placed atop a flat book surface, but in this one the book really is transforming into the scene, not simply supporting it.
This scene of books within a book, by Karen Diot, is wonderfully self-referential. Books, it turns out, make excellent bookshelves. But I also like the idea of a book as a window, and in this example the light emphasizes the open window within the open book.
article outlining the whole mysterious, magical story. This ferocious dinosaur shredding out of a book is one of those eleven mystery gifts.
This Saturday I’ll be participating in the Needham Winter Arts Fest, continuing to carve my big, ambitious block, and continuing to dream about the magic of books and art.
[Pictures: A Ship Sets Sail, book sculpture by Emma Taylor, 2013 (Image from From Within a Book);
The Paper House, book sculpture by Karen Diot (Image from Architecture and Design);
The Lost World, book sculpture by anonymous artist, 2011.]