Booklicious: Su Blackwell's Book Sculptures

June 28, 2010

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Artist Su Blackwell takes everyday books and turns them into something extraordinary. On her website she writes: 

I often work within the realm of fairy tales and folklore. I began making a series of book-sculpture, cutting-out images from old books to create three-dimensional dioramas, and displaying them inside wooden boxes.
”For the cut-out illustrations, I tend to lean towards young-girl characters, placing them in haunting, fragile settings, expressing the vulnerability of childhood, while also conveying a sense of childhood anxiety and wonder. There is a quiet melancholy in the work, depicted in the material used, and choice of subtle colour.
Paper has been used for communication since its invention; either between humans or in an attempt to communicate with the spirit world. I employ this delicate, accessible medium and use irreversible, destructive processes to reflect on the precariousness of the world we inhabit and the fragility of our life, dreams and ambitions.

View more of her work after the jump.













View more of her work at her website.

4 comments

Heather said... @ June 28, 2010 at 3:04 PM

Aren't these terrific?

Michele said... @ June 29, 2010 at 9:08 AM

What wonderful creations! While I am not really a fan of altering books (being rather a purist) this is exceptional. Such creativity and vision. Thank you for finding this and sharing.

Evangeline said... @ June 29, 2010 at 11:01 PM

I'm usually against destruction of books myself, but as you say Michele - this is truly exceptional. Each and every one blows me away.

Nichole said... @ November 7, 2012 at 3:46 PM

I've never been so blown over by an artist before! I was shown her art by one of my lectures and I was so shocked in amazement in what she has done! Goes to show what you can do with a book!

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