Literary art takes on entirely new dimensions—literally—with the judicious application of scalpels, water and other things. I found these pages a while back and meant to share them, but forgot all about them until recently, when the topic of book sculptures came up with a group of friends. Enjoy!
Su Blackwell is probably my favorite of the artists. The Mad Hatter’s party is hard to beat, but so is the flock of butterflies exploding from the page.
Thomas Allen cuts up pulp covers and gives the tableaux even more humor and drama. The one below is my favorite.
Daniel Essig creates intricate sculptures using books. My favorites are probably his bridge books.
Nicola Dale cuts up the pages of books to create intricate sculptures, reminiscent of Su Blackwell’s work.
Georgia Russell cuts up book covers (and sheet music, and photographs), throwing the titles and themes of the books into stark relief.
Cara Barer takes old, outdated books, distorts them using water and other means, turns them into sculptures and then photographs them. Some of them verge on incoherence, but many of them are intricate and astonishing. The two pieces below are “Butterfly 2” and “Snowflake,” respectively.