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Daniel Essig
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Painted mahogany, handmade paper, mica window with ammonite fossils, Ethiopian and Coptic binding
5H x 4W x 3.75D inches
Item #84-10

1 in stock


“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


Daniel Essig – Penland, NC

Daniel Essig is a studio artist and instructor living in Penland, North Carolina. Daniel has taught book arts workshops at Penland, Anderson Ranch, Iowa City Center for Books, Columbia College, and Oregon College of Art and Craft, among others. He has received the North Carolina Visual Arts Fellowship Grant. Dan exhibits his work nationally and his work is in numerous private and public collections; his work as been purchased by the Renwick Museum of the Smithsonian and the Charlotte M. Smith Collection of Miniature Books at the University of Iowa Libraries. Many of Daniel’s sculptural pieces are featured in The Penland Book of Handmade Books.