Englishwoman Sue Blackwell (Su Blackwell) chose the old books to be the object of her work, using them as the basis for her works. Inspired by this or that plot, it begins to create a three-dimensional miniature world - the sacrament is accomplished, the book comes to life and ... a ghostly fairytale world becomes accessible to the human eye. All that is required to breathe life into the plot is a surgical scalpel, glue and old books that are stored in large quantities in the Sue workshop. In this case, Sue regularly replenishes the collection of books, not missing a single second-hand bookstore. Subsequently, refining her compositions, Sue Blackwell began to add light sources to them, while placing her works in wooden boxes or glass showcases. In 2006, the craftswoman presented her work at an exhibition in London.
In the works of Sue Blackwell, the theme of the fairy tales G.H. Andersen, Sue treats his books with special respect, because they most often give her a creative mood.
Exhibition of works by Sue Blackwell:
Sue Blackwell at work:
On her website, Sue Blackwell talks about life and creativity: “I was born in Sheffield in 1975. My mother was a nurse, father was a gas maker. As a child, I spent a lot of time playing in the forest near my home in my fictional little world. I gave the trees names and believed that they would protect me. There I made a hut with curtains and rugs, which I stole from the house. I really disliked the school, except for the lessons of the English language, where I liked to write stories, giving free rein to my imagination. I also liked art at school, but the presentation of the material was depressing - it was too didactic. After finishing school, I swam with the flow of life, not knowing what to do next. Fortunately, I came across an advertisement about textile courses at a local college, and that was what I needed - I was set ablaze. These courses fueled my interest in textures and materials, so I continued my studies as a textile worker at Bradford College and a year later I started studying for a masters degree in textiles at the Royal College of Art in London. After graduating from college in 2003, I began to work as an artist at a school in Scotland, and in the same year I first began to master the technique of working with paper. It happened after a trip to Thailand, where I bought beautiful used books. Then I thought a lot about life, death and the borderline between them, since my father died. My first book-sculpture "The Quiet American" was created in memory of his father.
"Pacific American" - the first paper sculpture by Sue Blackwell:
Using a carving knife, I cut a moth from a book. This figure was chosen under the influence of the Chinese legend about two lovers, whose souls were reborn from the ashes, taking on the appearance of two moths. Why did I choose paper for work? The paper is connected with spiritual rituals with which I met in Southeast Asia, and this in turn led me to work with books and fairy tales. Since the invention of paper, it has been used either as a means of communication between people, or as a means of communicating with the spirit world. I use this fragile and accessible intermediary material to destroy its shape and give it a new life - this is an occasion to reflect on the precariousness of the world in which we live, the ephemeral nature of our life, plans and ambitions. ”