For her storied paper sculptures, Swedish artist Cecilia Levy uses old books from the beginning of the last century. These, she notes, “carry their own history, not only in the words, but also in the stains and dog ears.” Taking her cue from the pages, their creamy whiteness or brittled browns, she lets the materials guide her. Ripping, shredding, and cutting, she destroys in order to conjure a new form.
The results are a new kind of ephemera. Delicate, organic forms, the words they wear are a mark of their former selves, reminding that all is transient, but never completely gone. As Levy puts it: “The story continues, but in a different form.” source
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