Alice in process…

Instead of the question “Who is Alice?” there are now paths leading to what Alice might come to be…

3 Jun 2012

Alice in book sculptures by Sue Blackwell

"Faerie contains many things besides elves and fays, and besides dwarfs, witches, trolls, giants, or dragons: it holds the seas, the sun, the moon, the sky; and the earth, and all things that are in it: tree and bird, water and stone, wine and bread, and ourselves, mortal men, when we are enchanted."

Tolkien,
"On Fairy-Stories"



"O Belo Reino, Faërie, o reino no qual as fadas existem. O Belo Reino contém muitas coisas além de elfos, fadas, anões, bruxas, trolls, gigantes ou dragões. Contém os oceanos, o Sol, a Lua, o firmamento e a terra, e todas as coisas que há nela: árvore e pássaro, água e pedra, vinho e pão, e nós, os homens mortais, quando estamos encantados."

Tolkien
Sobre Histórias de Fadas




Images by Sue Blackwell SITE


"O reino das histórias de fadas é amplo, profundo e alto, repleto de muitas coisas: todas espécies de animais e aves se encontram por lá; oceanos sem margem e estrelas incontáveis; uma beleza que é um encantamento e um perigo sempre presente; alegrias e tristezas agudas como espadas. Um homem pode talvez se considerar afortunado por ter vagado nesse reino, mas sua riqueza e estranheza atam a língua do viajante que as queiram relatar. 

E, enquanto ele está por lá, é perigoso que faça perguntas demais, para que não se fechem os portões e não se percam as chaves."

Tolkien, 
Sobre Histórias de Fadas



"The realm of fairy-story is wide and deep and high and filled with many things: all manner of beasts and birds are found there; shoreless seas and stars uncounted; beauty that is an enchantment, and an ever-present peril; both joy and sorrow as sharp as swords. In that realm a man may, perhaps, count himself fortunate to have wandered, but its very richness and strangeness tie the tongue of a traveller who would report them. 

And while he is there it is dangerous for him to ask too many questions, lest the gates should be shut and the keys be lost."

Tolkien,
"On Fairy-Stories"


Sue Blackwell


Sue Blackwell


Sue Blackwell


"I often work within the realm of fairy-tales and folk-lore. I began making a series of book-sculpture, cutting-out images from old books to create three-dimensional diorama's, and displaying them inside wooden boxes". 

 "For the cut-out illustrations, I tend to lean towards young-girl characters, placing them in haunting, fragile settings, expressing the vulnerability of childhood, while also conveying a sense of childhood anxiety and wonder. 


There is a quiet melancholy in the work, depicted in the material used, and choice of subtle colour." Paper has been used for communication since its invention; either between humans or in an attempt to communicate with the spirit world. I employ this delicate, accessible medium and use irreversible, destructive processes to reflect on the precariousness of the world we inhabit and the fragility of our life, dreams and ambitions." 


Su Blackwell




See also:

 A stop-motion "The Rabbit Hole" by Alison Paul




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