Today’s guest post comes from Jasmine Smith, a book carver. What is that, you ask? Read on.
I have always found inspiration and motivation in books, but that message is gathered over hundreds of pages and hours of time. As an artist, I began to consider whether a book could motivate a reader in just one glance, communicate a theme in just seconds. And so I started carving words into books, the carved words supported by the original text. I try to marry together my message and the book’s original purpose or intention to create pieces that are both inspirational and beautiful.
My first adventure in book carving was called Scribo Ergo Sum: “I write, therefore, I am.” Despite Descartes’ assertion, I believe that thinking cannot function alone, but needs to be spread and communicated in order to be truly effective. Dictionaries seemed like the perfect canvas for this message, especially because I had the opportunity to turn a stack of unwanted books set aside for recycling into works of art.I’m still using carved books to challenge my viewers to take intellectual risks. I have encouraged the viewer to innovate and capture his or her own creativity. In Icarus Survives I explore the process of assessing failures while still recognizing worth and enormous potential. I hope that my books ignite self-reflection, critical thinking, communication, and a spread of creativity! Thanks to Real Life Artist for her enthusiasm for art with a purpose! Check out more of my work at thepagesmith.wix.com/books.