Toe River Arts | Book & Paper Artists

Daniel Essig

221 River Road
Penland, North Carolina 28765
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I am interested in traces of the past, ancient binding styles, reliquaries, distressed finishes, and found objects. I’ve stored up seedpods, rocks, bones, shells, bits of rusty metal, nails, animal teeth, fossils. They represent periods in my life, even just days or moments. I keep my collection of relics in drawers, bottles, and boxes within a single room in my studio. The space has the feel of a German Wunderkammern, a “cabinet of curiosities.” I often sit in the room and scan my collection, seeking just the right object to inspire a new book or sculpture.

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