Delia A. Ruggles (1888) Arrested for arson for burning her apartment to collect insurance money.

Patty Grazini – Astonishing Paper Animals

In an attempt to recapture passed moments in history, Patty Grazini tells a wonderful story of long forgotten events through these sculptural pieces made from paper collected from bookshops or abandoned, paper that holds the fingerprints of people and places over time.

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Delia A. Ruggles (1888) Arrested for arson for burning her apartment to collect insurance money.

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Mathila Hart (1888) Champion heart breaker and polygamist who married 11 times. She travels from town to town, meets a single man, and marries. Soon after, she tells her new husband that her mother was sick and needs $300. dollars to pay for expenses. She boards a train and moves to another town.

From daily activities, to the most dark and macabre happenings, the characters are depicted as paper animals, dressed in clothing of the era. “Using shadowy colors, layering, and intricate detail, each piece invites the viewer to linger and explore a forgotten narrative.”

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Emma Monard (1909) Long Island cook apprehended after assaulting and threatening her employer. He had criticized her cooking.

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Emma Monard (1909) Long Island cook apprehended after assaulting and threatening her employer. He had criticized her cooking.

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3 Responses to “Patty Grazini – Astonishing Paper Animals”

  1. Jenny /Wren

    Patty Grazini is so incredible and attentive to every little detail in her paper and ephemera performance. Curtis Steiner is a genious at finding the right fit to be incorporated into his galllery show and his own musings, art and displays. I went by his windows and gazed into the inner core of something I have not been in touch with for some time. It gave me pause and inticed me to return to the windows whenvever I was nearby! There is something to be said for the solitude in window shopping and the inner life of my mind. I now feel like I have met four incredible people through my gaze into the curious and creative world of these four. It all began when my husband and I walked in and heard the dog -in a fascinating bed singing to his favorite song….Curtis is a truely a person of the unique and has a remarkable way of merchandizing like no one I have ever seen. He draws you in by changing his windows up for rmy newly opened eyes. each time I come to view and gaze…..there is always more to see and to imagine as I to ponder. I have been a picker and have a creative mind and love the romance of history in this space and the inspiring people there, the little dog with huge persona and his incredible owner Curtis, the gal who kept us in mind as she roamed about seeming almost to be a customer and Patty who introduced us to Elizabeth Lyska and the intricate history of those around her. Research beyond my minds eye! Wow!

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