Thursday, February 13, 2014
Last week I was fortunate enough to see an exhibit of Daniel Essig's work on exhibit at Converse College. Daniel is an artist who resides in the Asheville area - therefore I often get an opportunity to see his work and each time I am enthralled (is that too mild word?).
Daniel began work as a photography student but then moved into creating artist books. His 'books' weren't just any book as they were works of art that cannot be described by mere words. These days his work involves wonderful figures - birds, fish, crocodiles -- and each one always has a small coptic bound book or two or three within its parameters.
As I write this I can't begin to portray his work with my words, nor even the pictures I'm showing. Please skip over to Daniel Essig to be amazed.
"A symphony conductor who collects my work once told me that he hides my books in a basket every evening to be stolen during the night. Until fairly recently all books were prized possessions -- medieval libraries chained books to the shelves to prevent theft. In those days each volume was crafted with precision, elaborately decorated and embellished with precious stones and metals. I aim to make my books just as precious as those medieval manuscripts." - Daniel Essig