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Sunday, November 13, 2011

New Book sculptures from old Books

I have been working hard searching for books and carving them into sculptures. 
Finding the right book requires almost as much time as designing the Art within the book.

I have a few new addition that I am introducing and my blog is a great place to feature them.
                                           A Christmas Letter to Santa  1898

                                             Land of OZ  Czech Published Book  (Sold)

                                           Retold Love Stories   1910   (sold)
                                          A Christmas Carol  1904

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Whats in a Book

                                           part of a private collection


As years pass, sitting on a shelf yellowing with time is the old book.
Somehow the day comes, there is no more room, it is full of dust, tattered and torn,
perhaps even smells funny, and it finds it way to
A garage sale equaling 10 cents
The goodwill packed in a box with other tattered friends
thrown in the Junk against a pile of other castaways
or even the landfill as if a proper burial
Some are lucky
and used for all the beauty inside, and the story they told
Even as it goes under transformation,
critics are angered, hurt, and sickened
emotions they throw the artist's way.
I guess some would honor the book,
and all its splendor just left in its final resting place.

I reconstruct old books, and create sculptures in honor of the story within.
It really isn't my Art, it is simply What is in a book.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Book Autopsy: The New Life For An Old Book

An altered book is a form of mixed media artwork that changes a book from its original form into a different form, altering its appearance and/or meaning.
An altered book artist takes a book and cuts, tears, glues, burns, folds, paints, adds to, collages, rebinds, creates pop-ups, rubber-stamps, drills, bolts, and/or be-ribbons it. The artist may add pockets and niches to hold tags, and other items along with at times other three-dimensional objects. You can change the shape of the book, or use multiple books in the creation of the finished piece of art.
For me altered books are a way of bringing an old book back into the spotlight, by changing it into
a beautiful piece of art.
Each book that I carve, cut, or preform an autopsy on, is researched fully. It must be a book published before 1923, It must have some black and white art, and it needs to have the right feel.
I read the book and carefully photograph all the important details before it goes under the knife.

Katie's Song-1890-2011(sold)
Beauty and The Beast: 1877-2011 (sold)

The Jungle Book Autopsy: unknown- 2010  sold
Around the World in 80 Fairy Tales: 1923- 2011    sold