Not only does Georgia Russell make beautiful book sculptures, but also they are often displayed in bell jars! Besides the fact that I am just about guaranteed to like how something looks if it’s placed in a pretty bell jar, I also enjoy how this turns the books into a specimen to be preserved or studied. It emphasizes the plant-like and animal-like features of her sculpture, with the cut pages taking on the aspect of leaves, tentacles, antennae, bones, fur, or exoskeletons. Even the work not displayed in bell jars shows great attention to arrangement and composition. Color also plays a major role in her work, whether the pages and covers are colored or left in simplicity of aged paper. I love how this work pushes what we will recognize as a book; with the covers entirely intact in some, mostly intact and others, and only the spine visible in others, it can take some imagination to remember what form and function these objects used to have.
Discovered via Visual diary of Francisca Pageo.