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[Endangered]

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[2014?]
Essig, Daniel, 1967-

http://danielessig.com/

A sculptural artists' book in two pieces: a book (which forms the base) and a wood-carved sculpture. The book comprises 14 octavo signatures of handmade paper, with endpapers of walnut-stained handmade flax paper and bound in wooden boards. All leaves are completely blank. Small dot-like indentations mark both front and back wood covers. A small window in the front board, covered with mica, contains animal teeth of varying sizes. The outer wood boards are covered (save for the window in the front board) first with old book paper, and then with small transparent mica cut-outs that layer across each board like scales on a fish and are attached individually by gold metal pins. The spine features exposed coptic binding. A thin rod extends vertically from book's front cover board supporting a horn-shaped sculpture (41 x 5 x 5 cm) and a carved wooden bird (12 x 4 x 4 cm) attached to the horn magnetically or by a waxed hemp string. Old text paper runs down one side of the horn-shaped sculpture. Near the center of the horn, 6 black pins with gold heads protrude vertically. Waxed hemp twine wraps around the horn, and near the horn's sharper end, the twine is attached to a second, smaller sculpture of a bird. The bird's body has been painted white; its wings, beak, and eyes are covered with old text paper. A small gathering of 10 black pins with gold heads is tucked between the wings along the bird's backside, and the wings, although carved in this position, appear to visually suggest being tied down by the waxed hemp string wrapped around its body. The hemp string also wraps around the bird's neck. The belly of the bird and the narrow side of the horn sculpture are both magnetic, allowing the bird to sit, magnetized, on the horn. If the bird is moved from its magnetized position, it will fall beneath the horn, held by the twine around its body in an upside-down position that suggests the bird's death.

"Materials: curly maple, holly, poplar, mica, shellac, 1800s text paper, handmade paper, milk paint, and waxed linen thread. Base is a blank book with wooden boards. Fossil window in front board. Signed by both artists.[This book is] a collaboration between artists Daniel Essig and Melissa Engler, [and] was created for an exhibition "Hunted and Gathered." The bird attached by a chord on Engler's horn-shaped sculpture has a magnet that allows it to rest firmly atop the horn. But by means of a cord wrapped around the horn and the bird (suggesting strangling and connection) the bird can also be positioned to dangle from the horn. Hence, the bird can be displayed atop the horn (the endangered position) or dangling from the horn (the extinct position)"--Vamp & Tramp, Booksellers, LLC website, viewed August 19, 2014.

Artist's statement from Melissa Engler: "[The pieces] are an exploration into the ways we utilize the natural world with an emphasis on the line between use and abuse. I am deeply interested in conservation and the sacred quality of plants and animals. Simultaneously I am fascinated by the cycles of consumption and violence that are inherent in natural systems. Being that these two concepts are somewhat at odds with each other, I feel compelled to create work that allows me to examine these concerns without having to find words or perfect answers. My hope is that the pieces convey a sense of our primal connection to our environment and evoke an awareness of its tenuous state"--Vamp & Tramp, Booksellers, LLC website, viewed August 19, 2014.

Title

[Endangered]

Contributor

Publisher

Essig, Daniel, 1967-

Date

[2014?]

Description

http://danielessig.com/

A sculptural artists' book in two pieces: a book (which forms the base) and a wood-carved sculpture. The book comprises 14 octavo signatures of handmade paper, with endpapers of walnut-stained handmade flax paper and bound in wooden boards. All leaves are completely blank. Small dot-like indentations mark both front and back wood covers. A small window in the front board, covered with mica, contains animal teeth of varying sizes. The outer wood boards are covered (save for the window in the front board) first with old book paper, and then with small transparent mica cut-outs that layer across each board like scales on a fish and are attached individually by gold metal pins. The spine features exposed coptic binding. A thin rod extends vertically from book's front cover board supporting a horn-shaped sculpture (41 x 5 x 5 cm) and a carved wooden bird (12 x 4 x 4 cm) attached to the horn magnetically or by a waxed hemp string. Old text paper runs down one side of the horn-shaped sculpture. Near the center of the horn, 6 black pins with gold heads protrude vertically. Waxed hemp twine wraps around the horn, and near the horn's sharper end, the twine is attached to a second, smaller sculpture of a bird. The bird's body has been painted white; its wings, beak, and eyes are covered with old text paper. A small gathering of 10 black pins with gold heads is tucked between the wings along the bird's backside, and the wings, although carved in this position, appear to visually suggest being tied down by the waxed hemp string wrapped around its body. The hemp string also wraps around the bird's neck. The belly of the bird and the narrow side of the horn sculpture are both magnetic, allowing the bird to sit, magnetized, on the horn. If the bird is moved from its magnetized position, it will fall beneath the horn, held by the twine around its body in an upside-down position that suggests the bird's death.

"Materials: curly maple, holly, poplar, mica, shellac, 1800s text paper, handmade paper, milk paint, and waxed linen thread. Base is a blank book with wooden boards. Fossil window in front board. Signed by both artists.[This book is] a collaboration between artists Daniel Essig and Melissa Engler, [and] was created for an exhibition "Hunted and Gathered." The bird attached by a chord on Engler's horn-shaped sculpture has a magnet that allows it to rest firmly atop the horn. But by means of a cord wrapped around the horn and the bird (suggesting strangling and connection) the bird can also be positioned to dangle from the horn. Hence, the bird can be displayed atop the horn (the endangered position) or dangling from the horn (the extinct position)"--Vamp & Tramp, Booksellers, LLC website, viewed August 19, 2014.

Artist's statement from Melissa Engler: "[The pieces] are an exploration into the ways we utilize the natural world with an emphasis on the line between use and abuse. I am deeply interested in conservation and the sacred quality of plants and animals. Simultaneously I am fascinated by the cycles of consumption and violence that are inherent in natural systems. Being that these two concepts are somewhat at odds with each other, I feel compelled to create work that allows me to examine these concerns without having to find words or perfect answers. My hope is that the pieces convey a sense of our primal connection to our environment and evoke an awareness of its tenuous state"--Vamp & Tramp, Booksellers, LLC website, viewed August 19, 2014.

Rights

Courtesy of the artist

Format

Unique books
Artists' books--North Carolina
Sculpture (visual work)
Coptic bindings
Woodcarving
Tooth
Hemp (fiber)

Source

Vanderbilt University Special Collections, Southern Civilization Collection

Files

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Citation

Essig, Daniel, 1967-, “[Endangered],” Gallery, accessed July 4, 2022, https://gallery.library.vanderbilt.edu/items/show/1155.