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.
|Miss Ruggles who was charged with arson of her home in order to collect on insurance and finance her trousseau, jumps a rope on fire.
|Mary Largo, (a pigeon) who was convicted for being the brains of a New York city gang of begging imposters is sent of to the Reformatory.
|Pretty Ada Turise, (a young goat) is a confirmed opium smoker at the young age of 16, and is dressed in the finest of marbled endpapers.
|A drunk and jealous knife thrower, (a sewer rat) is convicted of killing his girlfriend in a knife-throwing incident after an attempt to reform her. Whoops!
A young woman (stork) was charged with trafficking orphan babies to paying clients.
An old man (cat) is arrested for selling fake canaries which he painted yellow. No telling what became of the poor painted birds.
A cook takes aim at her employer with a gun, only to miss.
Former bookseller Marthila Hart, (a crow) stole the hearts and life-savings of many men. She had at least 11 husbands, deluding them each into giving her money for false pretense shortly after marrying.