Feature Articles

January 2014

Converse College in Spartanburg, SC, Offers Works by Daniel Essig

Converse College in Spartanburg, SC, will present Fables, featuring a large selection of sculptural books by Asheville, NC artist, Daniel Essig, on view in the Milliken Art Gallery from Jan. 9 through Feb. 6, 2014. A reception will be held on Jan. 9, beginning at 6pm with a gallery talk.

Essig creates wood-covered art books and book-based sculptures. Using a fourth-century binding known as Ethiopian-style Coptic, he creates mixed-media book structures that incorporate unusual woods, handmade paper, found objects, fossils, and mica.

Essig describes his current body of work as “hand carved animals that are book based or house a miniature wooden Ethiopian binding. Many of the sculptures depict birds or fish. Currently I am carving and exploring crocodiles often with boat and bird combinations. Themes of journey, vessels, travel, protection, reverence, fate and prophecy fill these pieces.”

The Grovewood Gallery in Asheville, NC, represents Daniel Essig.

Founded in 1889 and located in the heart of Spartanburg, South Carolina—home to six colleges and 13,000 college students—Converse helps women develop the skills necessary to balance a full life. Students develop their unique voices through our challenging liberal arts curriculum, century-old honor tradition, and Daniels Center for Leadership and Service. Our close-knit residential community cultivates a spirit of sisterhood and enterprise among women diverse in backgrounds and interests. Across the board—from art and design to science, business, music and education—professors actively mentor and challenge students through spirited discussions inside and outside of the classroom.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings or contact Kathryn Boucher, Milliken Art Gallery Director for Converse College, by e-mail at (kathryn.boucher@converse.edu).

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