Each Book Excavation begins by cutting a hole in the cover of a book with a scalpel or x-acto blade. I cut my way through the pages selectively keeping fragments of images and words to create a composition using the content of the book as it emerges. In this way a sculptural relief emerges as I carve my way though the pages. The composition emerges intuitively. As I cut I consider both narrative and compositional dynamics to create a new vision of the book's content. I enjoy how these Excavations turn the linear format of a book into a flat window through which to observe many pages at once.