Born in Scotland, residing in Paris, artist Georgia Russell slashes, cuts, and dissects printed mater – transforming their two-dimensional surfaces into three-dimensional sculptures with new emotional resonance and meaning. Her extravagant ornamental slices bring to mind textures like fur, grass or feathers – and while the technique is beautiful unto itself, it also lends new narratives and additional emotions to the the prints and books she dissects. Her fragile works hover somewhere between object and image. Sometimes the slices work with the movement within the print giving it new life and dimension, other times two prints might be entangled within one another, or there might be a discreet play on the subject of a book.
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’.
While her works make interesting plays on solids and voids, and seem to imply energetic motions even without the presence of any movement, the final impression her work leaves on the viewer is an awareness of
Her works make interesting plays between solids and voids – implying energetic movement, while at the same time making the viewer aware of the transient quality of a single moment.