Tokyo-based artist and designer Tomoko Takeda turns intangible literature masterpieces into works of visual art in her series ものがたりの断片 (monogatari no danpen, trans. “story fragments”). With an eye for detail, Takeda cuts and carves away at the pages of books to form intricate, layered, sculptural objects.
Each piece’s design is related to the contents of the story itself. Natsume Sōseki’s I Am a Cat, for example, is illustrated with a scalloped cover and a pop-up kitten, while Daniel Keyes’ Flowers for Algernon was carved into layers depicting a delicate blossom. In translating these famous novels into relevant visual works of art, Takeda explains, “I made books not to read, but to enjoy looking at.”