It has been nearly a year since my last post on the paper sculpture work of Seattle artist Patty Grazini. Some of her current work is on display at Seattle's most outlier shop and gallery, Curtis Steiner, owned and managed by artist Curtis Steiner. Grazini's latest paper sculpture work might best be described as pulp fiction noir, except her characters are based upon true stories of villains, cons, and felons uncovered in the archives of the New York Times. Each of her nefarious outlaws are delightfully portrayed as animals or birds, and measure about 18 inches in height. They are handsomely dressed in 19th century costume, with exquisite detail given to every button, ruffle, pattern, pose and expression. A beautiful banner is displayed next to each figure, with a reproduction of the original newspaper's account of their criminal activity. As curious and mysterious as these jailbirds' exploits are, it is Grazini's imaginative portrayal of these characters which provide the most engaging narratives. She single-handidly delivers poetic justice for their sensational crimes.
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