book excavations

Medicine (front) (2017)

Medicine (front) (2017)

15" x 12.5" x 4" Altered book with walnut stand. Available

Medicine (back) (2017)

Medicine (back) (2017)

15" x 12.5" x 4" Altered book with walnut stand. Available

Portland Trolley Years (2016)

Portland Trolley Years (2016)

11 1/4" x 18 1/4" x 3/4" Available

Ladd & Co (2017)

Ladd & Co (2017)

9 1/4" x 6 1/2" x 1 1/2" Available

Key Plants (2017)

Key Plants (2017)

9 1/4" x 6" x 1/2" Created from a book called Woody Plants of Eastern Oregon and Washington. Available

Art Consequences (2017)

Art Consequences (2017)

9 1/4" x 6 1/4" x 1 1/4" Created from a book Social Games. Available

Despotism (2017)

Despotism (2017)

8 1/2" x 11 1/4" x 1 1/8" Available

Body and Mind (2017)

Body and Mind (2017)

14.75" x 11" x 1" Available

Double Dutch (2017)

Double Dutch (2017)

9 1/4" x 12 1/4" x 1/2" Available

Understanding To Move Us Deeply

Understanding To Move Us Deeply

2017 9 1/4" x 12 1/4" x 1/2"

Aldiborontiphoskyphorniostikos(2017)

Aldiborontiphoskyphorniostikos(2017)

8 1/2" x 12" x 5/8" SOLD - Private Collection, Nebraska

Mayan Calendar (2017)

Mayan Calendar (2017)

5 3/4" x 6 7/8" x 3/8" SOLD - Private Collection, Wisconsin

Love (2017)

Love (2017)

5 3/4" x 6 7/8" x 3/8" Available

Celtic Pattern (2017)

Celtic Pattern (2017)

5 3/4" x 6 7/8" x 3/8" Available

Curves (2017)

Curves (2017)

5 3/4" x 6 7/8" x 3/8" Available

Then Entrust Love (2016)

Then Entrust Love (2016)

9" x 6" x 1 1/4" Available

Nature Circle

Nature Circle

2016 - 40" x 40" x 52" - created with a set of 16 Golden Nature Guides standing atop a table with legs made of old books.

May 1914

May 1914

2017 - 21 1/4" x 37 1/4" x 2" - created from a set of bound Oregon Journal newspapers from May 1914 - SOLD - private collection - Vancouver, WA

Sunday Comics

Sunday Comics

2017 - 14 1/4" x 10 1/4" x 1 1/2" - created from the Smithsonian Collection of Newspaper Comics - SOLD - private collection, Portland, OR

Today is Here

Today is Here

2016 - 9 3/4" x 7 3/4" x 1/2" - private collection, Portland, OR

The Golden Section

The Golden Section

2016 - 5 3/4" x 6 7/8" x 3/8" - SOLD - Collection of UCLA

Harmonograph

Harmonograph

2016 - 5 3/4" x 6 7/8" x 5/8" - Included in feature film "Sounds Perfect" directed by Ian Fowler

Birds

Birds

2016 - 6" x 4" x 3/8" - created from Golden Nature Guide "Birds" - SOLD

Seashells

Seashells

2016 - 11 1/4" x 8 3/4" x 3/4" - SOLD - private collection, Portland, OR

Puget Sound

Puget Sound

2016 - 11" x 8.5" x .5" - created from Marine Birds and Mammals of the Puget Sound

How-To-Do-It

How-To-Do-It

2016 - 9 5/8" x 6 1/2" x 7/8"

In the Gearbox

In the Gearbox

2016 - 7 7/8" x 5/8"

Rocks and Minerals

Rocks and Minerals

Non-Flowering Plants (2015)

Non-Flowering Plants (2015)

SOLD - Private Collection, Portland, OR

Seashores

Seashores

2015 - 9" x 6" x 6" - book excavation with glass belljar on wood stand - SOLD, private collection, Portland, OR

Moths and Butterflies (belljar)(web)

Moths and Butterflies (belljar)(web)

2015 - 9" x 6" x 6" - book excavation with glass belljar and walnut stand

Kwakiutl House

Kwakiutl House

2016 - 6" x 4" x 3/8" - created from the Golden Nature Guide "Pacific Northwest" - SOLD - private collection, Portland, OR

Queen of Autmn Flowers (2015)

Queen of Autmn Flowers (2015)

10" x 19 3/4" x 5" Available

Be Initiated Into Another Genesis

Be Initiated Into Another Genesis

2015 9 7/8" x 7" x 1 1/8" Available

The Idea of Deity (2016)

The Idea of Deity (2016)

6" x 4" x 3/8" SOLD - Collection of UCLA Medical Library

The Outlines of Beauty (2015)

The Outlines of Beauty (2015)

10 1/2" x 16 1/4" x 1" SOLD (Private Collection, Portland, OR)

The Trailblazers (2015)

The Trailblazers (2015)

11" x 8 1/2" x 3/4" SOLD (Private Collection, Seattle WA)

What The Earth Is Made Of (2015)

What The Earth Is Made Of (2015)

SOLD (Collection of Baylor University)

Onomatopoeia (2015)

Onomatopoeia (2015)

Available

Sacred Number (2015)

Sacred Number (2015)

6 7/8" x 5 3/4" x 3/8" SOLD

Don't Be Nervous (2015)

Don't Be Nervous (2015)

11 3/4" x 9 1/2" x 1" Available

Coincidence in the Universe (2015)

Coincidence in the Universe (2015)

6 7/8" x 5 3/4" x 3/8" SOLD (Private Collection, Palo Alto, CA)

Perspective (2015)

Perspective (2015)

6 7/8" x 5 3/4" x 3/8" SOLD (Private Collection, Portland, OR)

Wind-Water (2015)

Wind-Water (2015)

6 7/8" x 5 3/4" x 3/8" SOLD

Sears Roebuck 1897 (2015)

Sears Roebuck 1897 (2015)

11 1/4" x 9" x 1 3/4" Available

Something Worth Watching (2015)

Something Worth Watching (2015)

6" x 4" x 1/2" SOLD (Collection of Virginia Commonwealth University)

Universal History (2015)

Universal History (2015)

10.5" x 16.25" x 1" SOLD (Private Collection Portland, OR)

The World We Live In (2014)

The World We Live In (2014)

22" x 14" x 1" (29" x 21" framed) | Original book by Time Life 1955 | Available

Biological Clocks (2014)

Biological Clocks (2014)

9" x 6 1/4" x 3/4" (14" x 11 1/4" framed) Available

Forever Know Me (2014)

Forever Know Me (2014)

9" x 6" x .75" (14" x 11" framed) | Original book "Church of Our Fathers" by Roland Bainton 1950 | Available

The Body and Drugs (2014)

The Body and Drugs (2014)

9" x 9" x 12" | Original books by Life Science Library 1964 and 1967 | SOLD - UCLA, Louise M Darling Biomedical Library, Los Angeles, CA

The Body and Drugs (2014)

The Body and Drugs (2014)

9" x 9" x 12" | Original books by Life Science Library 1964 and 1967 | SOLD - UCLA, Louise M Darling Biomedical Library, Los Angeles, CA

Symmetry (2014)

Symmetry (2014)

7" x 6" x 1/2" (12" x 11" framed) SOLD (Private Collection, New York)

Woodworking

Woodworking

Old Mr Boston Deluxe (2013)

Old Mr Boston Deluxe (2013)

7.5" x 4.5" x .5" (12.5" x 9.5" framed) | Original book by Leo Cotton 1963 | SOLD

Human Anatomy (2013)

Human Anatomy (2013)

8" x 5" x .5" (13" x 10" framed) | Original book by Franz Frohse, Max Brodel, Leon Scholossberg 1963 | SOLD - Commission for a private collection, Bellevue, Washington

Later A Myth Was Developed (2012)

Later A Myth Was Developed (2012)

6” x 9” x 1.75” (11” x 14” x 2.75” framed) | Original book “The Progressive Reference Library Volume VII” 1930 | SOLD - Private collection, New York, NY

Skulduggery (2012)

Skulduggery (2012)

26” x 16“ x 2.5“ (31” x 23” framed) | Original book “75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Myth Making” by Paul Levitz 2010 | SOLD - Ringling College of Art and Design, Verman Kimbrough Memorial Library, Sarasota, FL

World Theater (2012)

World Theater (2012)

15” x 10.5” x 1.5“ (20” x 15.5” framed) | Original book by Bamber Gascoigne 1968 | Available

Everybody's Encyclopedia (2011)

Everybody's Encyclopedia (2011)

9.5” x 7.5” x 1.5” (14.5” x 12.5” framed) | Original book by Charles Ed. Morris 1907 | SOLD

Spanish Prayers (2011)

Spanish Prayers (2011)

6.5“ x 9“ x 1“ (11.5” x 14” framed) | Original book “Pirates” by David Mitchell 1976 | SOLD - Private Collection Portland, Oregon

One Possible Solution (2011)

One Possible Solution (2011)

5.25” x 8.25” x .625” | Original book “The Great International Math on Keys Book” by Texas Instruments 1976 | SOLD - University of Colorado Boulder Special Collections Library

Fashion (2010)

Fashion (2010)

12” x 9.5” x 1.5” (17” x 14.5” framed) | Original by Alison A Nieder 2009 | Available

Historic Costume (2010)

Historic Costume (2010)

8.75” x 11.5” x .75” | Original by Braun & Schnieder 1975 | SOLD - Johns Hopkins University, Milton S Eisenhower Library, Baltimore, MD

Copenhagen Blue (2010)

Copenhagen Blue (2010)

8.75” x 11.5” x .75” (13.75” x 16.5” framed) | Original book “Flapper Era Fashions: From the Roaring 20‘s” by Tina Skinner, Lindy McCord 2004 | SOLD - Private Collection Seattle, WA

At The Edges Of Brave Voyages (2009)

At The Edges Of Brave Voyages (2009)

11” x 8.5” x .5” (16” x 13.5” framed) | Original Book “Seafaring America” by Alexander Laing 1974 | Private Collection, Kenosha, WI

Earth Moon Venus Jupiter (2009)

Earth Moon Venus Jupiter (2009)

11.5” x 9” x .5” (16.5” x 14” framed) | Original book ? | SOLD - Private Collection, San Francisco, CA

Machines (2009)

Machines (2009)

11” x 8.5” x .625” (16” x 13.5” framed) | Original book Life Science Library 1964 | Available

Black Beauty (2008)

Black Beauty (2008)

11.5” x 9.25” x 1.25” (16.5” x 14.25” framed) | Original book “Moseman’s Illustrated Guide” by C S Moseman 1990 | SOLD - Private Collection, Seattle, WA

Fiend Folio (2008)

Fiend Folio (2008)

11” x 8.5” x .75” (16” x 13.5” framed) | Original book by Don Turnbull and Chris Baker 1981 | Private Collection, Gurnee, IL

Get Proper Treatment (2009)

Get Proper Treatment (2009)

7.75” x 5.5” x .5” | Original book “Red Cross First Aid Text Book for Bell System Employees” by Red Cross 1940 | SOLD - UCLA, Louise M Darling Biomedical Library, Los Angeles, CA

Rolling Paper Graphics  (2009)

Rolling Paper Graphics (2009)

8.75” x 7” x 1” | Original book by Jose Lorente 2007 | SOLD - Private Collection, Seattle, WA

Gray's Anatomy (2008)

Gray's Anatomy (2008)

8.75” x 11” x 1.5” | Original book by Henry Gray 1974 | SOLD - Private Collection, Boulder, CO

Alchemist's Kitchen (2007)

Alchemist's Kitchen (2007)

7" x 6" x 1/2" | Original Book by Guy Ogilvy 2006 | SOLD, Private Collection, New York, NY

Age Of Enlightenment (2008)

Age Of Enlightenment (2008)

10.75” x 8.75” x .75” | Original book by Peter Gay 1966 | SOLD - Private Collection, New York, NY

Drifter's Gold (2008)

Drifter's Gold (2008)

7.5” x 5” x .5” (11.5” x 9” framed) | Original book by Don Blanding 1939 | SOLD - Private Collection, Portland, OR

Good News To Make You Happy (2008)

Good News To Make You Happy (2008)

6.25” x 4.25” x .5” | Original book by Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society 1976

Do You Want Whiskers? (2008)

Do You Want Whiskers? (2008)

12.5” x 9.5” x 1” | Original book “The Victorians: A World Built to Last” by George Mason and Nicholas Perry 1974 | SOLD - Private Collection, New York, NY

Closely Related Movements of Birds

Closely Related Movements of Birds

Prehistoric Life (2008)

Prehistoric Life (2008)

11” x 8.5” x 1” | Original book ? | SOLD - Private Collection, Seattle, WA

The Equation (2007)

The Equation (2007)

5.25” x 8.25” x .625” | Original book “The Great International Math on Keys Book” by Texas Instruments 1976 | SOLD - Private collection, London, UK

Old Mr. Boston (2007)

Old Mr. Boston (2007)

7.5" x 4.5" x .5" | Original book by Leo Cotton 1963 | SOLD - University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Golda Mier Library, Special Collections, Milwaukee, WI

Guns

Guns

Are Apelike Men Our Ancestors?(2007)

Are Apelike Men Our Ancestors?(2007)

6.25” x 4.25” x .5” | Original book by Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society 1976 | SOLD - University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Golda Mier Library, Special Collections, Milwaukee, WI

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. 

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Good News To Make You Happy (2008)

6.25” x 4.25” x .5” | Original book by Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society 1976