“Blurring boundaries and defying categorization, Daniel Essig is a sculptor, painter, and woodworker whose allegiance as an artist lies with the book. Like artifacts from antiquity, Essig’s works feel monumental in their complexity. To make his remarkable assemblages, he incorporates a multitude of components, including mica, nails, shells, old gears, and thorns. These comprise what Essig calls visual diaries – collections of found objects and totems of memory that ultimately honor the importance of the book.
Nuanced with shallow textures, carved, painted, and layered, Essig’s sublime surfaces appear softened by time. His unforgettable pieces challenge traditional ideas abut the medium as they straddle the line between book and sculpture.” – Masters Book Arts: Major Works by Leading Artists