Artist, Drew Leshko’s take on capturing the commentary concerning neighborhood gentrification is to architecturally document the buildings in his Philadelphia neighborhood. His scaled-down, wall hanging, three-dimensional sculptures take weeks of carving, cutting, and layering varieties of paper and wood.
The painstaking attention to detail on these miniature replicas immerses the viewer in a storytelling that romanticizes the buildings flirting with decay or verging on redevelopment, presenting a feel of nostalgia – an unstated narrative where the art becomes a tangible form of a society’s appetite for change.
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.”