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Altered book sculpture
10″ x 7″ x 1.25″

My piece, Electricity & Electronics, is one of my “biblio excavations.” In these works I start with a vintage book, usually an outdated reference or textbook. I work page by page from the back of the book, backing specifically chosen illustrations with cardstock, then remove the excess text and imagery. The end result is a collage of imagery which was ever present in the book and I assist in revealing. Once I’m finished I seal the textblock shut so that only the cover opens. This allows for easy display as well as the added convenience of shelving the book with the rest of a readable library for storage. I enjoy retaining the utilitarian nature of the book, highlighting its continued physical existence as a book and not just a visual work on a wall.

– Ben DiNino, Minneapolis, MN

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