Britain is a strange place.
yOU’RE JOKING RIGHT
No, I’m not. It even has a wiki page.
Oh my god.
I honestly never found this weird until now
Georgia Russell - Shredded Books
These examples are hauntingly re-imagined copies of established and celebrated literature. The pages are finely shredded until only the title remains unmolested. The presentation of each book in a glass bell jar emphasises the the books status as a singular, beautiful and precious object, highlighting it’s history and materiality. At the centre of her work lies a playful juxtaposition of knowledge and fragmentation.
Russell - “There is a simultaneous sense of loss and preservation in each work.”
Each work is destroyed as a book, but gains a new status as a work of art. As a precious object. This is what her work does, it oscillates between reverence and desecration. The result is a new object altogether, with no name, little or no function, but a far greater importance through the human effect forced upon it. This distinction is what I am attempting to achieve. Turning a book through its destruction into something desirable and unique, precious though its visual human quality, and this imposed connectivity with an implied audience.
A Phoenix from the ashes.