Fossil Fish – Sturgeon

By Daniel Essig
Asheville, North Carolina: Daniel Essig, 2016. One-of-a-kind.

9 x 9 x 6" sculptural piece includes book and carved sturgeon. Materials: burnt and painted mulberry and locust, mica, nails, fossil, locust thorn, handmade paper. Book 3.25 x 5.5" with Ethiopian and Coptic bindings. Front board with window displaying found items. Leather and metal closure. Signed and dated by the artist.

Daniel Essig: "Part of a series of sculptural books addressing my most passionate interests — collecting and studying freshwater fish. As a high school student, I worked at a retail aquarium. As a photography major in college, I joined biology graduate students on their research trips to rivers across the Midwest, taking photographs of their finds."