Inspired book carver Guy Laramée (featured previously here and here) has been cutting into the printed page, revealing snow-capped mountains in his latest series of sculptural works. Here, the stacked pages become ridges and valleys, while the addition of ink, pigment, and wax evoke natural realism like never before. In fact, these mountains look far older than the age-worn books they occupy.
Laramée’s creations are beautiful to behold, but they also serve as a commentary on the disappearing book and the knowledge each contains. He often uses encyclopedias and dictionaries to illustrate this loss:
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.
Through this lens, Laramée explores the emergence, peak, and ultimate loss of human cultures. Much like mountains, this natural pattern of growth and destruction has happened time and again throughout history.
Learn more about Guy Laramée and his work on his personal website.