Book sculptures are a modern, unique way people are representing their favorite books and stories. This is something I have looked into in the past and done myself through past work, albeit nowhere near as detailed. These two pieces are the work of Sue Blackwell.
”I often work within the realm of fairy-tales and folk-lore. I began making a series of book-sculpture, cutting-out images from old books to create three-dimensional diorama’s, and displaying them inside wooden boxes”.
These delicate little sculptures are made from the books they are based on, literally crafting the image that is created in the readers mind through the pages. Each of the books she uses are found in second hand shops, adding history and stories to the book itself, not only what is written in it. This is a much more literal representation of the stories in books than an illustration, painting or photograph. The book sculptures below are created by a guy called Guy Laramee. As apposed to depicting the storyline, Laramee creates beautiful landscapes from multiple books stacked up. He also adds to the scenes by painting light tones to create understanding of different terrains.
“My work, in 3D as well as in painting, originates from the very idea that ultimate knowledge could very well be an erosion instead of an accumulation. Mountains of disused knowledge return to what they really are: mountains. They erode a bit more and they become hills. Then they flatten and become fields where apparently nothing is happening.”