Through books you can escape to foreign lands and enjoy the scenery of sights you may never actually be able to physically occupy. These books, used by artist Guy Laramee, do the same thing, just in a slightly different way. Taking old books, dictionaries and encyclopedias, he uses them as the bases for these stunning landscape carvings. Who would have thought that with the help of a book you could see other worlds without even reading a word? From rocky hilltops to plush greenery and plateaus, his works have a way of drawing you in and captivating your imagination much like that of a good book.
“…I carve landscapes out of books and I paint Romantic landscapes. 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.”