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Bookin' It! Book Sculpture

Book Sculpture Lesson for Sculpture I

Melanie Burnell Rapp

on 5 April 2018

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Transcript of Bookin' It! Book Sculpture

Bookin' It!
Book Sculpture!

Brian Dettmer
Brian Dettmer
Brian Dettmer
Brian Dettmer
Most of Dettmer’s focus is on books, favoring out of date encyclopedias, medical journals, illustration books and dictionaries. He begins carving away arbitrarily at the pages, letting the images reveal themselves as he moves through his process. He seals the edges of the books to ensure precision, which also transforms the splayed edges to look like a smooth and sanded piece of wood.

The resulting beautiful sculptures completely reinterpret the original intention of each book. Dettmer seeks to give these forgotten objects new function and meaning.

Dettmer’s messages range from narrative to political,


Dettmer’s book art calls attention to the fact that we don’t need to purchase brand new materials to create art – there are tons of (oftentimes free) recycled materials to choose from.
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Things to think about:

1. How do one’s experiences influence artwork?
2. What is a narrative?
3. What is YOUR personal narrative?
What would you like to express in your artwork?
Project Requirements:
1. Must have a NARRATIVE/clear concept.
2. Book must be altered in at least three of the following ways:
a. At least two pages painted or written on.
b. At least one additive sculptural element (paper sculpture/found object).
c. At least one subtractive sculptural element (cut out).
d. At least one symbolic element.

Paper "Pop Ups"
Accordion Books
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