Erik Schmidt

In life, you pick and choose things from the world presented to you -- images, ideas, histories --  keeping some and discarding others. You form your own reality by what you retain and present. That's what I did with the world offered in these old encyclopedias. 
My artwork was born, foremost, out of a desire to give old books new life, transforming them into a new medium - 3-D collages. They still tell a story. However now, instead of that story being linear, it can be told at once in it is totality.