Miniature dioramas sculpted out of old books by British artist Su Blackwell. She finds her books by trawling through second-hand book shops and reads them first before beginning to sculpt. Using a scalpel, she cuts and glues the pages to create three-dimensional artworks inspired by fairytales and folklore. Her latest series explores the concept of "dwelling" as an imaginative space featuring lighthouses, wood cottages, tree-huts and houses which appear to be inhabited by being lit from the inside but she states that the scenes are stark and the houses often solitary.
The material I choose to work with, paper, has an impermanence. I employ this fragile accessible medium to reflect on the precariousness of the world we inhabit and the fragility of our dreams and ambitions.Su Blackwell is represented by Long and Ryle Gallery.