I love when art is created about books–especially when it’s beautiful. This book-cut sculpture is not only about a book, it’s made from a book. “The Quiet American” (named after the book) by Su Blackwell really speaks to me–of the beauty and wonder of books, of the way books can bring lightness, and harmony, and yes, even a sense of quiet or rightness.
Normally I don’t like defacing books–the mere thought makes me cringe. Okay, I admit it–I like to keep my books in good shape, can’t even bear the thought of writing in them, like some people do (I use a heck of a lot of post-it notes, instead; my favorite books look like they’ve gained a strange shaggy yellow haircut). But Su Blackwell’s work is beautiful and elegant, and it makes me feel good to look at. I hope you enjoy it, too.
Su’s created sculptures of many famous books, including The Secret Garden, Alice In Wonderland, and more.
If you’d like to see more of Su Blackwell’s sculptures, check out her site here. It’s well worth a look.