Art works of paper by Georgia Russell
Art works of paper by Georgia Russell. Beautiful young artist Georgia Russell was born in 1974 in Elgin, Scotland. She studied Fine art at Aberdeen University and the Royal College of Art. Georgia Russell techniques is unusual – she slashes, cuts and dissects printed matter, transforming books, music scores, maps, newspapers and photographs into a 3D objects. It is interesting to see how the artist re-shapes the original piece with its content and reinvents it completely with strong colors and wild cutting. The mixed media installations of human body photography have been cut-up to become amazing paper work sculptures
Russell’s work with books began during an artists’ residency in Paris while she was a student at the Royal College of Art. Old books have always seemed to her like sculptural objects ‘representing the many hands which have held them and the minds they have passed through’. She says that she has always chosen something which ‘holds within it a sense of its own personal history, an object which has a secret life’, and wants to resurrect her fragile materials and give them ‘a new life and new meaning’. There is a simultaneous sense of loss and preservation in each construction, as she wants to retain and reclaim the past as much as her techniques attack it.
Russell has exhibited in numerous exhibitions abroad: they include The Holland Paper Biennial, The Coda Museum, Holland (2008); Imaginative Qualities of Actual Things, Price Tower Arts Center, Oklahoma, USA (2008); The Book Borrowers: Contemporary Artists Transforming the Book, Bellevue Arts Museum, Washington, USA (2009); Novel Ideas, Oakville Galleries, Ontario, Canada (2009); Contained Thoughts, The Courtauld Institute Library Exhibition Space, London (2009); Cut it Out: Contemporary Paper Cut Artists at the Otter Gallery, Chichester, touring to Southampton City Art Gallery (2009) and Slash: Paper Under the Knife at the Museum of Art & Design, New York (2009-10).