In the spaces where literary meets art, UK based artist, Su Blackwell transforms words from the page to tangible manifestations of imagination. The Paper Sculptures of Su Blackwell enchantingly capture the essence of a story, turning them into dizzying tales of deconstructed lore artfully reconstructed as a thing of childlike beauty. Under her hands, she brings to life beloved stories – transforming them into fragile ephemeral whims that make you want to inhabit these places.
“I often work within the realm of fairy-tales and folk-lore. I began making a series of book-sculpture, cutting-out images from old books to create three-dimensional diorama’s, 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 color.”
These book paintings satisfy my dual need for art and book porn. Ekaterina Panikanova layers her paintings across a collage of discolored pages still bound to old books, creating a landscape of words and images that feel very much like treasured stories escaping the confines of covers and spines. For Panikanova the merge of words and images symbolize the gradual awakening, constant pondering and accumulated knowledge of man… “My work is, somehow, a suggestion about life: the text can’t be erased, but you can turn the page if you want to. I prefer not to fix my works in time and thus I always try to create works with movement. The everyday life is basically anchored to the past, therefore both our present and our future are strongly bound to our past experiences.”
Ekaterina was born in Russia and lives and works in Rome. She is currently being represented by Converge Gallery in Williamsport, PA.
Happy Turkey Ink, watercolor, and graphite on aged books. Mounted on birch. 43” x 51” 2014,
Box Num 53 Ink, watercolor, and graphite on aged books. Mounted on birch. 20” x 25” 2014
Birthday Ink, watercolor, and graphite on aged books. Mounted on birch. 47” x 53” 2014
Photo credit: Ginger Rudolph
Photo credit: Ginger Rudolph – photo set taken at Converge Gallery at Scope Art Fair in NY 2014