Take a bunch of obsolete computer and software manuals, clamp them together tightly, and you have a substrate a little like the wood the paper was made from.
Now get out a rotary carving tool, like a Dremel, and start carving.
My father used to tell me sculpture was easy… Start with a clean block, and cut off everything that doesn’t look like what you’re carving. It never seemed quite that easy to me. :)
Well, Canadian born artist Maskull Lasserre had this idea, and he came up with a stunningly beautiful carving of a skull he calls “Incarnate”, subtitled “Three Degrees of Certainty II”.
Being an avid book lover, I can imagine how it would smell, look, and feel, up close… The way the papery texture would feel on the fingertips, the way the freshly exposed paper would smell, the idealized almost-bone color and visual texture it would have…
I want one. :)
You can see an image gallery of the work in progress, start to finish, at his site, here:http://maskulllasserre.com/section/290988_Incarnate_Three_Degrees_of_Certainty_II.html