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Georgia Russell
b1974

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The artist in her studio, 2006 - image

 The artist in her studio, 2006

 

Georgia Russell has exhibited regularly with England & Co since 2002, and as well as several solo shows, she has taken part in many exhibitions curated by the gallery, including The Map is Not the Territory, Literary Constructs and Persistent Obsessions. She was born in 1974 in Elgin, Scotland, and studied Fine art at Aberdeen University and the Royal College of Art and is a visiting lecturer at universities and art schools.  

Public collections that hold her work include the Pompidou in Paris and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London – one of the two Russell works acquired from England & Co for the V&A was exhibited in their display Mapping the Imagination. She also works as a lecturer and on educational projects, and her public art commissions include a sculptural installation at the Jubilee Library in Brighton. Russell’s work has been featured in many publications over the past few years, including the recent book from Black Dog Publishing, Paper: Tear, Fold, Rip, Crease, Cut.

Russell slashes, cuts and dissects printed matter, which she then manipulates and re-constructs into extravagant, ornamental, sculptural paper-works. The decorative qualities and inherent potential of her found ephemera are fully exploited as she transforms books, music scores, prints, newspapers, maps or photographs – sometimes with flamboyant colour and wild cutting, or with discreet play on the subject or title of her printed matter. Her works hover between object and image. Some works incorporate old musical scores are made as Russell feels that ‘music transcends language and is a trigger for the memory, poetry without words’. Her rhythmic cut-out traceries with their accompanying shadows, function as ‘membranes of memories’, looking as though they have been disturbed by a breeze or slight tremor. They evoke memories of music once heard, and represent ‘our fading recollections of a time, person or place’.

Russell’s work with books began during an artists’ residency in Paris while she was a student at the Royal College of Art. Old books have always seemed to her 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, an object which has a secret life’, and wants to resurrect her fragile materials and give them ‘a new life and new meaning’. There is a simultaneous sense of loss and preservation in each construction, as she wants to retain and reclaim the past as much as her techniques attack it.


Russell has exhibited in numerous exhibitions abroad: they include
The Holland Paper Biennial, The Coda Museum, Holland (2008); Imaginative Qualities of Actual Things, Price Tower Arts Center, Oklahoma, USA (2008); The Book Borrowers: Contemporary Artists Transforming the Book, Bellevue Arts Museum, Washington, USA (2009); Novel Ideas, Oakville Galleries, Ontario, Canada (2009); Contained Thoughts, The Courtauld Institute Library Exhibition Space, London (2009); Cut it Out: Contemporary Paper Cut Artists at the Otter Gallery, Chichester, touring to Southampton City Art Gallery (2009) and Slash: Paper Under the Knife at the Museum of Art & Design, New York (2009-10).

Illustrated catalogues: availability limited.


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2009
Georgia Russell: Recent Work, England & Co, London.
2005 Georgia Russell: Recent Work, England & Co, London.
Georgia Russell, The American University of Paris.
2003
Georgia Russell: Paper Constructions, England & Co, London.
2002
Georgia Russell: Paper Constructions & Bookworks, England & Co, London.
1997
Honeymoon, Under the Hammer, Aberdeen, Scotland.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2009

Slash: Paper Under the Knife, Museum of Art & Design, New York, USA (forthcoming).
Cut It Out: Contemporary Paper Cut Artists, Otter Gallery, Chichester, and touring to Southampton City Art Gallery.
Contained Thoughts, The Courtauld Institute Library Exhibition Space, London.
The Book Borrowers: Contemporary Artists Transforming the Book
, Bellevue Arts Museum, Washington, USA.
Novel Ideas, Oakville Galleries, Ontario, Canada.
London Art Fair (with England & Co), Business Design Centre, London.

2008

Persistent Obsessions, England & Co, London.
Holland Paper Biennial 2008, The CODA Museum, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands.
Imaginative Qualities of Actual Things, Price Tower Arts Center, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, USA.

Material Worlds, Vital Arts Barts Gallery, St Bartholemew’s Hospital, London.
Form Art and Design Fair (with England & Co) Olympia, London.
London Art Fair (with England & Co), Business Design Centre, London.

2007-08
Mapping the Imagination, display at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
2007

Re:formed, Chris Kenny, Georgia Russell, Jason Wallis-Johnson, England & Co, London.
Culture Bound: Courtauld Institute of Art's East Wing Collection VII, biennial exhibition in the Institute's East Wing, Somerset House, London.
London Art Fair (with England & Co), Business Design Centre, London.

2006
Literary Constructs: Chris Kenny, Liliane Lijn, Arthur Giardelli, Vito Drago, Rupert Spira, Georgia Russell, England & Co, London.
London Art Fair (with England & Co), Business Design Centre, London.
2005
American University Paris, invited exhibiting artist.
London Art Fair (with England & Co), Business Design Centre, London.
2004
London Art Fair (with England & Co), Business Design Centre, London.
2003
The Map Is Not the Territory iii, curated by Jane England at James Hockey Gallery, SIAD, Farnham.
Sartorial: an exhibition of conceptual clothing, art & fashion, England & Co, London.
Art 2003 (with England & Co), Business Design Centre, London.
2002 The Map Is Not the Territory ii, England & Co, London.
Festival Monmartre en Europe, Marie de 18th, Paris.
English Heritage, Richmond House Exhibition, London.
Art 2002, (with England & Co), Business Design Centre, London.
2001
Art Contemporain, Centre d’Arts Albert Chanot, Paris.
Royal Collage, Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Cité des Arts Internationale, Paris.
Kilometre Zero, Artist Event, Rue de Hirondelle, Paris.
Postcard Exhibition, Bowie Art at the RCA, London.
2000
Mercedes Unique Artists Event, Design Museum, London.
Mary Queen of Scots, Edinburgh Festival Exhibition, Bourne Fine Art, Edinburgh.
Anxious Words, Waterstones, Picadilly, London.
The Show (graduate exhibition), Royal College of Art, London.
1999
Interim Art, Royal College of Art, London.
Absolute Vodka Exhibition, Royal College of Art, London.
BBC Accommodation project, BBC Broadcasting House, London.
Aids Awareness Exhibition, Hockney Gallery, Royal College of Art, London.
1998
Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh.
Aberdeen Artists, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen.


AWARDS

2005
The Saltire Society: Arts and Craft in Architecture, NHS Grampian, Scotland.
2004
Residency Cité des Arts Internationale, Paris.
2001
Miller Holmes Paris Studio (Residency), Cité des Arts Internationale.
2000
Aurora Prize for Fine Art, Royal College of Art, London.
1999
Paris Studio (Residency), Royal College of Art, London.

COLLECTIONS

Aberdeen Hospitals, Aberdeen.
Victoria and Albert Museum, London.


PUBLIC ART

2004-05
Uncover–Discover, suspended glass sculpture with automated light (with Benetts Associates Architects), Jubilee Library, Brighton & Hove City Council.
Cardinal Place, Victoria, London: stainless steel and glass screens (with EPR Architects).