Artist Cuts Into Old Books And Turns Them Into Stunning Masterpieces

Artist Barbara Wildenboer will get you in the mood for some serious paper-cutting with her collection of delicately cut books. She produces “sprawling paper nervous systems” by cutting hyperdetailed paper strips that form vein-like formations splaying out from each book’s spine.

Re-purposing old books have never looked so inviting! See for yourself!

 

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Barbara Wildenboer │ via This Is Colossal

Wildenboer often uses books containing atlases, maps, and scientific subject matter.

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Barbara Wildenboer │ via This Is Colossal

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Barbara Wildenboer │ via This Is Colossal

She sometimes use the images from the book to serve as the central elements to her pieces.

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Barbara Wildenboer │ via This Is Colossal

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Barbara Wildenboer │ via This Is Colossal

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Barbara Wildenboer │ via This Is Colossal

Words and sentences (from the pages) also become important components of her designs.

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Barbara Wildenboer │ via This Is Colossal

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Barbara Wildenboer │ via This Is Colossal

“By producing visual metaphors, Wildenboer attempts to capture her own wonder of complex systems in nature like fractal geometry and the interconnectedness of all beings. She works across several academic disciplines to showcase how our understanding of life is often mediated through text, stretching the world of each book she manipulates outside of its own cover.”

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Barbara Wildenboer │ via This Is Colossal

 
Credit: Barbara Wildenboer │ via This Is Colossal

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