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Book-Cut Storytelling: Carved Landscapes

Carved Landscapes I

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Book-cut storytelling again! Also check out my previous posts on this topic:
Book-Cut Storytelling: Evolved
Book-Cut Storytelling: Environment
Book-Cut Storytelling: Three Stills and a Lemon

Meet Guy Laramee, who carves out these phantastic landscapes from books. On his website, you’ll find his carved book-cut projects in the menu on the left under “Projects.”

Here’s two more samples, from “Biblios” and “The Great Wall,” respectively:

Carved Landscapes II

Carved Landscapes III

On “Biblios,” Laramee wrote quite a bit of text (apparently no longer online), and “The Great Wall” series has its own story too:

Having recently overthrown the American Empire in the 23rd century, the Chinese Empire set out to chronicle the history of the Great Panics during the 21st and 22nd centuries.

This Herculean undertaking resulted in a historiographical masterwork entitled, The Great Wall. Comprising 100 volumes, this encyclopaedia derives its name from The Great Wall of America, a monumental project to build an impregnable wall around the United States of America so as to protect this land from barbarian invasions.

Finally, from the “Artist Statement”, also apparently no longer online (but you’ll find this quote all over the web)::

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.

I love it.


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