We are all aware that books come from trees, but artist Kylie Stillman readapts them by turning them back into a version of their original form through sculpture. Carving carfeully into stacks of books, Stillman creates these beautifully delicate inverted reliefs that brings us a whole world of trees and birds through thoughtful silhouettes.
Stillman’s artwork moves away from the boundaries of the books by crafting them into a new life, distorting their original form and use. She engraves the book like a slab of stone, as opposed to using it as a two-dimensional canvas.
The works create a reminder of how objects we use each day come from the natural world and have been reconstructed to become something artificial. For example Little Room, her 2007 installation, provided a new natural habitat for the book creatures and forms through the collection of book images.
Images courtesy Utopia Art Sydney