Folded paperback book

This started out as a paperback book, which after being soaked and saturated in water, was compressed into a classic flexural-slip fold. Then it was impregnated with wax and carved, to achieve the final result.

Back in 2005 I saw a picture of this in a College of Fine Arts (The University of Arizona) brochure.  The brochure revealed that the artist was MFA student, Jessica Drenk.  I immediately asked the Dean of Fine Arts how I might get in contact with Jessica.  This piece proved to be one of 130 “altered books” that she created.  When I asked Jessica whether she would be willing to sell several of these, she replied:  “Dr. Davis, this is what artists do.”  
The name of the collection, of which this fold is a part, is “Reading Our Remains.”  Jessica explains:  “…the mediating presence of the artist is introduced to give new life and new form to old books, …books which now resemble old life and the history of forms from the earth.  Fact and fiction mingle as the standard book becomes the unexpected:  a diversity of forms reflects the variety of subject matter contained within.”  
Not only do I find this art object to be a perfect example of a flexural fold, I also love the fact that it is a perfect piece to use in explaining what geological mapping is all about.  Imagine this fold to be regional in its scale.  The field geologist, like an ant, crawls about on the surface, measuring the surface expressions of the rocks (in this case, the words) with the goal of constructing the geometry of the fold structure into the unknown at depth. 

Age & Formation
Folded Paperback Book. 2005 A.D.