Artist Su Blackwell illustrates books. That competence not sound really unusual, though Blackwell’s illustrations spin books into detailed, vivid scenes — utterly literally. That’s since a art she creates is done regulating a books themselves, a pages cut, folded, and pasted into intricate, three-dimensional scenes that constraint not usually a narrative, though a feeling of a books.
To Kill A Mockingbird, 2015
To Kill A mockingbird (detail), 2015
Using strategically placed lighting, a scenes heat with middle light that’s during once comfortable and lonely. Blackwell is drawn to unique places, like a forests, coastlines, and removed houses that make adult so many folklore and angel story stories. She uses minimal tone to stress certain items, though for a many part, a images keep a black and white imitation pattern, with figure and hardness identifying them. Wires reason adult some pieces, creation them seem to boyant in midair.
The Stork Wife, 2014
Treasure Island, 2013
The Little Prince, 2012
Red Riding Hood, 2010
If her work seems a bit unsettling, it’s since Blackwell intends for it to be so, and strives to constraint a full operation of tension lonesome by a stories. “I tend to gaunt towards immature lady characters, fixation them in haunting, frail settings, expressing a disadvantage of childhood, while also conveying a clarity of childhood stress and wonder,” she explains. “There is a still unhappy in a work, decorated in a element used, and choice of pointed color.”
The Last Unicorn, 2012
The Master and Margarita, 2014
The Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage, 2014
The Dark is Rising, 2014
Wild Flowers of a British Isles, 2013
Some of them, like this book on furious flowers, are reduction emotionally formidable and some-more a jubilee of tone and form.
As is always a box when artists carve adult books, some people competence consider it’s a rubbish of entertaining material. However, many of a books that Blackwell uses are second-hand, prehistoric printings, frequency singular or collector’s items. She reads any book, infrequently twice, in sequence to rightly constraint it in sculpture. She also uses a drop of a books as a approach of creation a point. “I occupy this delicate, permitted middle and use irreversible, mortal processes to simulate on a precariousness of a universe we live and a infirmity of a life, dreams and ambitions,” she says.
The Ice Maiden, 2014
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You can see some-more of Blackwell’s artwork, including non-literary works, on her website, where we can also squeeze prints of her work.
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