[Fetish-Gar]

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[2014?]
[Asheville, North Carolina] : [Daniel Essig]

A one-of-a-kind artists' book and sculptural bookwoork with two pieces: a book (base) and a sculpture (attached at top). Book is bound dos-à-dos to wooden boards with exposed coptic binding. The outer covers of the book (9 x 8 x 8 cm) and the shared board at the center of the binding structure each have four-compartment windows that house seashells. Each side of the book has three gatherings: the first and third have eight blank leaves held inside a handmade, textured brown paper leaf. Center gathering consists of 12 gatherings of 8 blank leaves exactly matching the two surrounding it, but adhered together, forming a block of leaves. The center of each in the block has been cut out, creating an opening where a shell or sea fossil has been placed and covered with a plastic sheet and then a piece of textured brown paper with an artistically cut center to act as a window or frame. The opposing side of this leaf is a tintype photograph. Each side of the book has a leather strap enclosure that rests on a small gold pin on its corresponding cover. A small wooden rod protrudes upward from the center wooden board and holds a wood-carved sculpture of a garfish (19 x 5 x 5 cm) with its back slightly curved, as if to mimic swimming, and with its mouth open slightly, exposing teeth. In some places (fins, tail, snout, and belly) book pages or text cover the sculpture.

Artists' statement: "[My current body of work is] hand-carved animals that are book based or house a miniature wooden Ethiopian binding. Many of the sculptures depict birds or fish. Currently I am carving and exploring crocodiles often with boat and bird combinations. Themes of journey, vessels, travel, protection, reverence, fate, and prophecy fill these pieces"--Vamp & Tramp, Booksellers, LLC website, viewed August 19, 2014.

Title

[Fetish-Gar]

Publisher

[Asheville, North Carolina] : [Daniel Essig]

Date

[2014?]

Description

A one-of-a-kind artists' book and sculptural bookwoork with two pieces: a book (base) and a sculpture (attached at top). Book is bound dos-à-dos to wooden boards with exposed coptic binding. The outer covers of the book (9 x 8 x 8 cm) and the shared board at the center of the binding structure each have four-compartment windows that house seashells. Each side of the book has three gatherings: the first and third have eight blank leaves held inside a handmade, textured brown paper leaf. Center gathering consists of 12 gatherings of 8 blank leaves exactly matching the two surrounding it, but adhered together, forming a block of leaves. The center of each in the block has been cut out, creating an opening where a shell or sea fossil has been placed and covered with a plastic sheet and then a piece of textured brown paper with an artistically cut center to act as a window or frame. The opposing side of this leaf is a tintype photograph. Each side of the book has a leather strap enclosure that rests on a small gold pin on its corresponding cover. A small wooden rod protrudes upward from the center wooden board and holds a wood-carved sculpture of a garfish (19 x 5 x 5 cm) with its back slightly curved, as if to mimic swimming, and with its mouth open slightly, exposing teeth. In some places (fins, tail, snout, and belly) book pages or text cover the sculpture.

Artists' statement: "[My current body of work is] hand-carved animals that are book based or house a miniature wooden Ethiopian binding. Many of the sculptures depict birds or fish. Currently I am carving and exploring crocodiles often with boat and bird combinations. Themes of journey, vessels, travel, protection, reverence, fate, and prophecy fill these pieces"--Vamp & Tramp, Booksellers, LLC website, viewed August 19, 2014.

Rights

Copyright; licensed to Vanderbilt University courtesy of the artist

Format

1 art original ; 9 x 8 x 8 cm + attached sculpture

Source

Southern Civilization Collection, Vanderbilt University Special Collections

Files

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Citation

Essig, Daniel, 1967-, “[Fetish-Gar],” Gallery, accessed September 17, 2019, https://gallery.library.vanderbilt.edu/items/show/1156.