Dorothy L. Sayers once said:
Books…are like lobster shells, we surround ourselves with ’em, then we grow out of ’em and leave ’em behind, as evidence of our earlier stages of development.
Alexander Korzer-Robinson’s art is sort of an extension to what appears to be a lobster shell to Dorothy L. Sayers. His work giving life to something that is usually left to rot.
Originally from Berlin now living in Bristol (UK), Alexander Korzer-Robinson’s art focuses on the notion of the “inner landscape”. Creating engaging and inviting fine art pieces from generally discarded antique books, his work provides insight into an unknown dimension within books.
As we remember the books from our own past, certain fragments remain with us while others fade away over time – phrases and passages, mental images we created, the way the stories made us feel and the thoughts they inspired. In our memory we create a new narrative out of those fragments, sometimes moving far away from the original content. This is, in fact, the same way we remember our life – an ever changing narrative formed out of fragments. This mostly subconscious process of value judgements and coincidence is what interests me as an artist and as a psychologist.
How the books are converted into art pieces?
The cut book art has been made by working through the books, page by page, cutting around some of the illustrations while removing others. The images seen in the finished work, are left standing in the place where they would appear in the complete book. As a final step the book is sealed around the cut, and can no longer be opened.