Obsession | Fictional Landscapes
Three things I love: books, sculpture and anything in miniature. The combo is to die for.
Artist, Guy Laramee carves landscapes into books. He has two incredible series of carved book landscapes/ structures entitled Biblios and The Great Wall, where the dense pages of old books are carved to reveal serene mountains, plateaus, and ancient structures. Of these works he says:
“So I carve landscapes out of books and I paint Romantic landscapes. 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. Piles of obsolete encyclopedias return to that which does not need to say anything, that which simply IS. Fogs and clouds erase everything we know, everything we think we are.” -Guy Laramee (via thisiscolossal.com)
Similarly, UK-based artist Kyle Kirkpatrick constructs these awesome tiny landscapes by carving into layers of pages in old books.
“My practice is primarily concerned with the notion of the imagined landscape. I present man-made objects and natural materials simultaneously to form carefully and meticulously composed installation works. I capitalize on intrigue taking objects out of context reinventing their use, pushing the viewer to see beyond what I present before them, a glass could be interpreted as a lake or a metal bracket a cliff.” -Kyle Kirkpatrick (via thisiscolossal.com)