Mar 22, 2010
I have one word for Su Blackwell's work: incredible. She manages to capture the essence of childhood books with a beautiful delicacy that I do absolutely no justice of explaining. Su also ventures outside the book medium to full size paper installations which you can check out at her portfolio. Well worth the click!
Actually, a few months ago my local library was giving away a bunch of old leather-bound books for free (one man's trash is another man's treasure, I guess) so obviously, like the nerd that I am, I picked up a bunch and waddled away happily with a pile of old Kafka and Sartre books obscuring my line of vision. I knew I wanted to do something cool with them (besides reading of course!) but I didn't know what until I saw this. I just wish there was a tutorial or something... :P
It is the delicacy, the slight feeling of claustrophobia, as if these characters, the landscape have been trapped inside the book all this time and are now suddenly released.
A number of the compositions have an urgency about them, the choices made for the cut-out people from the illustrations seem to lean towards people on their way somewhere, about to discover something, or perhaps escaping from something. And the landscapes speak of a bleak mystery, a rising, an awareness of the air.
Paper has been used for communication since its invention; either between humans or in an attempt to communicate with the spirit world. I employ this delicate, accessible medium and use irreversible, destructive processes to reflect on the precariousness of the world we inhabit and the fragility of our life, dreams and ambitions.