Monday, 17 August 2015


Bronia Sawyer’s talent and creativity have broken down the barrier of her dyslexia to offer viewers book art in which texture, strength and versatility combine to produce sheer Beauty.

“I am dyslexic but I enjoy working with text. I like the idea of working with words in an abstract way, as sometimes that is how written language feels for me. When I write, my words are often mixed up or missing: folded away in part of my brain I can’t quite get to.” This is how U.K.-based artist Bronia Sawyer explains the reason of her passion for using books as her medium to express herself within the art world.

In fact, Bronia Sawyer has embraced her academic difficulties and transformed them into her driving strength to create spiralling abstract simple structures, which convey great, powerful beauty to viewers.  She colours, folds and rolls book pages to create birds, flower-like plumes and impressions of body parts in art works through which she feels she can control and manipulate “her world and her surroundings”.

As Bronia Sawyer states, “often in Art it is not just the finished piece that is important, but the therapy of making it”.  And she goes on explaining that creating with old books is “like an abstract form of writing, using images, colours and shapes in the way a writer uses words, or a musician uses notes, chords and volume to do a similar thing”.

If we bare in mind that, for someone who is dyslexic, letters and words appear scattered, we can understand that Bronia Sawyer may have turned to book art precisely as a way to express her thoughts more freely. “I almost feel that by cutting it (a book) up you’re getting inside the story manually – exploring the pages and delving into the magic of words”.

This is probably why her book art differs from that created by other artists within this same field of Art, such as Su Blackwell or Pablo Lehmann, already featured in this blog. On the other hand, this is a good reason for viewers to look at Bronia Sawyer’s creations with special attention. In fact, she emerges triumphant from what is commonly regarded as a disadvantage to show the world her exuding talent and her lavish capacity to create Beauty.

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