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Cecilia Levy creates sculptures of everyday objects using torn pages from old books

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Cecilia Levy creates paper sculptures from old books

Cecilia Levy creates paper sculptures of everyday items using old book pages, wheat starch paste and papier-mâché techniques. A former graphic designer and bookbinder, the Swedish artist carves words and phrases out of old books, then reworks them into all sorts of familiar objects like teacups, flowers and shoes. Levy’s works, which include both small sculptures and larger installations, bear visible traces of the passage of time, presenting a unique and nostalgic appearance.

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preserve all traces of the passage of time

cecilia levy rips, cuts or tears the pages and merges them again, using paste, mold and papier-mâché techniques. ‘the work process is slow, silent and repetitive,’ she says. the thin pages that shape levy’s fragile sculptures are marked with blocks of text that are then reworked into intricate patterns. the swedish artist is mainly inspired by common objects found around his house, as well as the prose itself. in some rooms a single word nestles in the center of the teacup, while in others arrays of words and phrases form both linear and wavy patterns on pairs of mary janes and ankle boots. fringes.

levy chooses each piece of paper with care, meticulously preserving all visible traces of the passage of time. these include previous owners’ markings, holes, wrinkles and dog ears, old expressions and spelling.

Cecilia Levy creates sculptures of everyday objects using torn pages from old books

Cecilia Levy creates sculptures of everyday objects using torn pages from old booksCecilia Levy creates sculptures of everyday objects using torn pages from old books

Cecilia Levy creates sculptures of everyday objects using torn pages from old books

Cecilia Levy creates sculptures of everyday objects using torn pages from old books

Cecilia Levy creates sculptures of everyday objects using torn pages from old books

project info:

Name: paper sculptural objects
artist: cecilia levy

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March 16, 2022