Artist Alexis Arnold Creates Crystalized Book Sculptures Frozen in Time

Artist Alexis Arnold Creates Crystalized Book Sculptures Frozen in Time

San Francisco based artist Alexis Arnold preserves old books into gorgeous crystallized sculptures frozen in time. This process involves an unlikely recipe using the laundry detergent, Twenty Mule Team Borax, to grow crystals on the various objects, but there are many household products that can be used to grow different types of crystals. These swirling, rolling, folded or crumpled books embody a solidified aesthetic, with text particularly surrounding themes of vineyards, beekeeping, and all around crafting.

Artist Alexis Arnold Creates Crystalized Book Sculptures Frozen in TimeArtist Alexis Arnold Creates Crystalized Book Sculptures Frozen in TimeArtist Alexis Arnold Creates Crystalized Book Sculptures Frozen in TimeArtist Alexis Arnold Creates Crystalized Book Sculptures Frozen in TimeArtist Alexis Arnold Creates Crystalized Book Sculptures Frozen in Time

“The Crystallized Book Series addresses the materiality versus the text or content of a book. The crystals remove the text and solidify the books into aesthetic, non-functional objects. The books, frozen with heavy crystal growth, have become artifacts or geologic specimens imbued with the history of time, use, and memory,” Arnold writes in her artist statement.

Artist Alexis Arnold Creates Crystalized Book Sculptures Frozen in TimeArtist Alexis Arnold Creates Crystalized Book Sculptures Frozen in TimeArtist Alexis Arnold Creates Crystalized Book Sculptures Frozen in TimeArtist Alexis Arnold Creates Crystalized Book Sculptures Frozen in TimeArtist Alexis Arnold Creates Crystalized Book Sculptures Frozen in TimeArtist Alexis Arnold Creates Crystalized Book Sculptures Frozen in Time

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