The Thinking Man’s Book Sculptures

Malaysia-born, Tennessee-based artist Daniel Lai, aka Kenjio, uses a visually captivating paper folding technique for his inspired book sculptures. Each book blossoms outward in waves of paper folded unto themselves, accompanied by a clay figurine of a man deep in thought. The sculptor’s series of Thinker sculptures, echoing Rodin’s The Thinker, exhibit an astute attention to detail and skill in multi-mediums, including paper and clay.

The beautiful imagery created by Kenjio’s folding method mimics that of a fully-bloomed flower or perhaps a cog in a timepiece. The literary sculptures reinterpret the appeal of knowledge and reflect the limitations of time to absorb said knowledge. Kenjio has constructed a realm of his own where the thinking man reigns atop his literary throne.

To purchase some of these charming wall pieces, check out the artist’s Etsy shop. Also, check out a video interview with the artist, conducted by his local news reporters at Knoxnews, for some insight into his process.










Kenjio’s Etsy shop
via [ghost in the machine, Kyaari]




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