Book Pages Incorporated Into Gorgeous Paper Sculptures That Reflect the Book’s Narrative

 

 

Artist Bethany Bickley creates gorgeously detailed paper sculptures out of book pages, which are constructed to reflect the predominant narrative theme within the book.

An excellent example is Bickley’s work with Sylvia Plath‘s semi-autobiographical novel “The Bell Jar”. The overriding theme of the book documents a woman’s descent into madness. Bickley captured the emotional narrative of the book with a sculpture of a woman curled into herself, holding her knees and kept under glass.

Bickley stated that she enjoys bringing together narratives and images to tell a complete story.

I’m a creative problem solver who brings words and visuals together to tell a story with impact and purpose. If there are no visuals, I create them.

 

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Back in 2015 I created a book sculpture for The Boston Globe about books becoming movies. The book I sculpted was “All the Bright Places,” by @jenniferniven. Fast forward to late 2019 and the movie is finally in the making. Jennifer reposted my sculpture on Instagram. It was such an incredible compliment. Then it was followed up immediately by a message from her husband saying he had to get it as a surprise for her. 🤯 He commissioned me to restore and add to the sculpture as a Christmas gift. It was a huge moment for me as an artist and I thought it was the sweetest gift ever. He wanted to add them both in directors chairs on set. (Look closely at words on the back of the directors chairs. I wanted to honor their love and connection with words from the book. I always try to make it about the details.) We selected hair styles and outfits to create the perfect paper portrait of them. I’m so proud of how this turned out. I’m still so honored to be a part of such a sweet and thoughtful gift. I mean how cute are they – in real life and paper?! I love their love. Also, they both had really great hair to work with 😏 The movie came out on Netflix last week and I finally had a chance to watch #allthebrightplacesmovie yesterday. I cried a lot and laughed and smiled, too. Congrats, again, on such a huge achievement @jenniferniven! . . . #paperart #papersculpture #bookart #booksculpture #bookartist #paperartist #strictlypaperart #paperartistcollective #cutpaper #cutpaperart #paperpeople #paperportrait #editorialillustration #allthebrightplaces #allthebrightplacesmovie

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Never before seen shot of the “Girl in the Hammock.” (That sounds so dramatic, but it’s true.) I began shooting my sculptures myself this past year. Before that, I worked with some extremely talented photo journalists. To be honest, I was a bit worried at first. Their talent in the field was incredible – so was it going to be an insult for me to art direct them in the studio? I was fresh out of college and my fears were eased immediately. They got just as excited about these little worlds as I did. This is a shot by @ltoddspencer. He wanted to take it out of the studio and and seen how it played on different textures and natural light. Still one of my all time favorites. Can you find all of the little animals reading in the trees? . . . #booksculpture #bookart #bookartist #bookstagram #bookillustration #summerreading #paperart #papersculpture #papersculptures #papercraft #paperillustration #watercolor #watercolorpage #watercolordaily #paperartistcollective

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