Monday, October 1, 2012

Mirrored Book Sculptures - Bronia Sawyer

I literally gasped the moment I came across these gorgeous rolled book sculptures by Bronia Sawyer. A fan of her art since first spotting it last year (you might recall the paper birds), I'm not a bit surprised that Bronia's photography skills have merged with her love of books. The colorful effects completely transform vintage pages into modern art.

Book Lungs

From a new collection titled 'Live Breath Art', Book Lungs, Book Pelvis, and Book Spine were made from old textbooks. She photographed each sculpture on a black background after inking the page edges, and used a variety of colored torches to intensify the shades. Mirroring the images in Photoshop resulted in the finished pieces.

mirrored book page sculpture
Book Pelvis

Bronia's work was featured in two exhibitions this past summer in England; one was her first solo show at Solihull Arts Complex. At about that time, she began experimenting with the vivid, abstract images you see here.

mirrored book spines
Book Spine

In a recent blog post, Bronia explained the thought behind Live Breath Art. She struggled for a time with depression and gives credit to art as therapy. Unable to focus on creating during the depths of despair, Bronia forced herself to return to the studio. She found that working gradually helped to restore her health.

mirrored pansy book sculpture
mirrored inkblot book sculture

Bronia Sawyer: website, Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter


Kathy said...

Wow... amazing... thanks.. I think I must have missed your post on her birds.. will have to check it out...

Maureen said...


chillin with Quillin said...

beautiful art!!!!!

SUGANTHI said...

Amazing amazing work. I can't find words enough to say what her work makes me feel.BRILLIANT!!

Baukje said...

so beautiful as always,
Greetings Baukje

Melissa Kojima said...

The power of art is amazing, isn't it. I've read similar things about health and art for other artists. I love how she combined vintage books, quilling and photoshop. Beautiful results.

bronia sawyer said...

Thank you for such a lovely write up Ann and thank you to everyone for your lovely comments Im so pleased its getting such a positive reaction.

Teddie Seeley said...

Very nice!

Anonymous said...

Congrats to Bronia and I wish her much success with her art pieces.

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