WASHINGTON, July 09, 2013 — Not so long ago, this writer put up a post on book art sculpture and its makers. Included on the list is one one personal favorite, Scottish artist Georgia Russell. There are lots of other artists who are into this craft, but it was Georgia’s work that really made me realize: a book in itself is an art.
Georgia Russell currently lives and works in Paris. Her journey with art and books started when she was still a student at London’s Royal College of Art, where she obtained Master of Arts in Engraving.
She’s said that she always had an affinity for anything that “holds within it a sense of its own history.” This gave her the idea of resurrecting old books and turning them into complex, more intricate-looking works of art.
She often uses old books, pictures and musical scores in her creations. With gifted hands, she cuts, shapes and transforms such everyday objects with a scalpel, giving them texture, entangling them as needed, and etching them with layers of shading and depth.
Unsurprisingly, her works have attracted vast audiences and have garnered awards like The Saltire Society: Arts and Craft in Architecture, NHS Grampian, Scotland in 2005; Residency Cite des Arts Internationale, Paris in 2004; and many more.
She has already mounted a considerable number of exhibits, such as Georgia Russell: Paper Constructions and Bookworks, England and Co, London (2002); Georgia Russell: Paper Constructions, England and Co, London (2003); and Georgia Russell: Recent Work, England and Co, London (2009).
Below are just a few samples of her work.
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