The artist, Alexander Korzer-Robinson from Bristol got an amazing job – he upcycle antique books into a real piece of art called book statues. He states: “Through my work in the tradition of collage I am pursuing the very personal obsession of creating narrative scenarios in small format. Using antiquarian books, makes the work at the same time an exploration and a deconstruction of nostalgia.
We create our own past from fragments of reality in a process that combines the willful aspects of remembering and forgetting with the coincidental and unconscious.
On a general level, I aim to illustrate this process that forms our inner landscape.
By using pre-existing media as a starting point, certain boundaries are set by the material, which I aim to transform through my process. Thus, an encyclopedia can become a window into an alternate world, much like lived reality becomes its alternate in remembered experience. These books, having been stripped of their utilitarian value by the passage of time, regain new purpose. They are no longer tools to learn about the world, but rather a means to gain insight about oneself.
I make book sculptures / cut books by working through a book, page by page, cutting around some of the illustrations while removing others. In this way, I build my composition using only the images found in the book.”
“The work with imagination starts when I start to chose the right book for the statue. The next step, after I found the right book, is to plan what exactly I want to create on a base of this book. I am not trying to limit my imagination anyhow and trying to record any thoughts, ideas and associations which comes along during that proceedure.”