Thousand and one book of Mike Steelco
• One Thousand and One book Mike Steelco
Illustrator from Los Angeles Steelco Mike (Mike Stilkey) creates paintings using as canvases for his works of old books. The author himself calls his picture book-sculptures.
No, Mike Steelco - not a vandal, stealing books from libraries. Material for his paintings, which can be called the most installations, it receives from the libraries that are willing to give the book, do not enjoy the interest of readers. And if not for Mike Steelco, these books would have gone to the scrap.
Steelco himself does not remember why he decided to use books so distinctive. Just once he realized that the covers of old books are very suitable for drawing with ink, colored pencils, acrylic paint and varnish.
Before you get started, Steelco long picks up the book, systematizing them by color and material roots and names.
Thus was born the bizarre world, populated by eccentric men, women and mysterious animals playing musical instruments.
Perhaps if at the time, Lewis Carroll was a writer and an artist, Alice's journey would have looked like this.
"I think that my work - as a single infinite poem, - says Mike Steelco. - Starting now, I sometimes do not know how it will end. I listen to their feelings, and they lead me through, which sometimes turns out to be a surprise, even for me. "