Book Art

Book art is work that has been made using books/text from books.  This could be by changing the format of an ordinary book into a 3D composition or changing the  text.

An artist I have found who creates very intriguing book art is Su Blackwell who creates scenes within a book which are influenced by the book that the work is created in.

My favourite piece is ‘The Shell Seekers’ 2014, this is because she has carved the sculpture out of the paper so that it no longer looks like paper and more like the texture of snow. The use of light in this work is clever as it creates a contrast against the paper (outside environment) and the warmth of the house, which creates a personal and intimate feel. I feel that this creates theatre within the work like a winter scene. Therefore I feel that this is accurately conveyed the scene in a book which is how the reader would imagine it and reflecting the whole book in this one scene.

The Shell Seekers
The Shell Seekers

Another artist is Isaac Salazar who makes work from folding books, which is usually making words. He has said that “Being able to give books a new life is a wonderful feeling” as he is taking something old and un-used and adapting it into something present and up to date.

The work that I like the most is where he has cut the word ‘read’ into a book.  This is because is because it is slightly ironic how the message he is putting across is to read but he has adapted this book so that it is not readable. Out of all of his designs this work is the most legible as the word has only four letters and therefore is spread out across the pages unlike others which are too squashed together.

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