Georgia Russell's mixed media installations are based on the sculpting of paper works.
By cutting, slashing and dissecting printed matter, the artist appropriates the object and gives it new meaning. She deprives it of its original shape and content in order to offer a new interpretation. Books, music scores, prints, newspapers, maps or photographs are sometimes re-invented with flamboyant colour and wild cutting, or with discreet play on the subject or title of her printed matter.
Russell’s work began during an artist's residency in Paris while she was a student at the Royal College of Art. Old books have always fascinated her because to her they seem like sculptural objects ‘representing the many hands which have held them and the minds they have passed through’. She says that she has always chosen something which ‘holds within it a sense of its own personal history’, and wants to give them ‘a new life and new meaning’. A sense of loss and preservation is a constant feature in each construction, as she wants to retain the past as much as her techniques alter it. Russell wants to freeze time and, as in her most recent work of cut-up photography of human figure, halt the inevitable disappearance of being.
Georgia Russell was born in 1974 in Elgin, Scotland. She studied Fine Art at Aberdeen University and later obtained an MA in Printmaking from London’s Royal College of Art. She currently lives and works in Paris, France. Her works have been exhibited in a number of leading museums and feature in prominent public collections in Europe, the United States and Canada, including London's Victoria & Albert Museum and the fashion designer John Galliano’s private collection.