Georgia Russell's Scalpel / by Kat Howard

Georgia Russell, The Story of Art, 2006 Georgia Russell, a Scottish artist, manipulates the page in her work. She uses a scalpel to make exact, surgically accurate cuts to a page. The shredded pieces then take on a new dimension. When cutting you're usually taking something away, but Georgia uses this act to create volume, and to pull the words into the white space typically occupied by the reader. The stiffness of the page is erased, and a soft fullness replaces it. A strand is created for each word, and arms of sliced paper reach out to the reader, instead of the reader reaching for the book. 

Georgia Russell, De Baudelaire au Surréalisme, 2007

One of my favorite pieces of hers, resembles an African mask. This time the pages have been carved to emulate the elaborate raffia often used as decoration on the back of a wooden mask. The book spine juts out to form a sharp brow on the face, while bands of text are left in tact on the front of the piece above a gaping mouth, resembling tribal markings. She's set the sliced book into a bell jar that further emphasizes its exoticism. It looks like a collector's rare specimen, captured and frozen in time - the glass shrouding the object in mystery. You can see more of her fantastic pieces at England & Co Gallery.