A well-written fiction has the ability to provoke clear images in the minds of its readers. But for Savannah-based artist Bethany Bickley, the ability to envision protagonists and scenery has a more literal meaning. The artist uses pages torn from magazines, classics, and even contemporary works to create distinctive paper sculptures of masks, clenched fists, and cozy evenings with fireplaces and Christmas trees.

Each sculpture has a meaning and serves as a representation of the book or magazine that it is placed on. Bickley takes the narratives of these stories and masterfully brings them to life, illustrating the main themes in beautifully crafted figures. For instance, in her representation of “Divergent” by Veronica Roth, Bickley depicts a jumping scene where the protagonist Beatrice “Tris” Prior jumps from a high building while others wait for their turn. Or in the representation of “How Could She” by Lauren Mechling and “Bunny” by Mona Awad, she interprets the women’s friendships written in these books.

“My first job out of college was for a newspaper as an editorial designer and illustrator. I was given a story to design the book 'The Bone Yard' by Jefferson Bass. I had seen book art in the past and was super inspired by it, so decided to give it a try. I read the book and carved a scene to illustrate it for the story. I loved the process and the end result. My style has continued to evolve from there. Often, I add watercolor to pages for more colorful detail. As a designer and illustrator, I am very detail-oriented. The more detail I can add to these sculptures, the more interesting and magical I feel they become,” said the artist to Bored Panda.

More info: bethany-bickley.squarespace.com | Instagram | Facebook

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Artist Makes Amazing Sculptures Using Only Paper

"Summer Thrillers"

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Fred and George Weasley
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3 weeks ago

HOW?!

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Up All Night
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3 weeks ago

My fav!

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“The Bell Jar” By Sylvia Path

“The Bell Jar” by Sylvia Path

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Barbara Morgan
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3 weeks ago

Guess it's a typo, but the surname is pLath. Plath, but these sculptures are amazing!

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"Suffolk Summer" By John Tate Appleby

"Suffolk Summer" by John Tate Appleby 

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rycbar123
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3 weeks ago

HOLY! SHI*

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Merry Christmas

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Kateryna
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2 weeks ago

Just... amazing... how did they make the fire though?

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"Divergent" by Veronica Roth

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Minerva McGonagall
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3 weeks ago (edited)

Oooh, this is a good book, I approve.

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Pages In Paradise

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Janine Hunt-Jackson
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2 weeks ago

Delightful whimsy!

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“How Could She” By Lauren Mechling And “Bunny” By Mona Awad

“How Could She” by Lauren Mechling and “Bunny” by Mona Awad

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Monika Soffronow
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3 weeks ago

WOW!

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“The Bone Yard” By Jefferson Bass

“The Bone Yard” by Jefferson Bass

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Ginny Weasley
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3 weeks ago

This one is just...wow

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jevais
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3 weeks ago

Lovely Möwes. This set is well done and the sea gulls are wonderfully made. Bravo

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Artist Makes Amazing Sculptures Using Only Paper

“Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston

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Reagan J
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3 weeks ago

how is it flying

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"Nectar in a Sieve" by Kamala Markandaya

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Chris DiFonso
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3 weeks ago

Are those pills in the hand? If so, why?

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Monika Soffronow
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3 weeks ago

'Book of Lists'. Who collects the Book of Lists from every year they have been published? Who uses these? What exactly do they list?

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Artist Makes Amazing Sculptures Using Only Paper

"Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle" by Jeff Flake

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Ruth oro
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3 weeks ago

Absolutely love this, as I'm from Dallas ❤

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“All The Bright Places” by Jennifer Niven

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tyrannus basilton grimm pitch
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3 weeks ago

i cried so much for this one.

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“All The Bright Places” by Jennifer Niven

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Artist Makes Amazing Sculptures Using Only Paper

"The Woman Destroyed” by Simone De Beauvoir

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Koalamonster
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3 weeks ago

Unsure what this is? Is it industry on I-94? That's what I'd guess but I'm wondering if that's what it actually is?

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“The Paper Wasp” By Lauren Acampora

“The Paper Wasp” by Lauren Acampora

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Ginny Weasley
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3 weeks ago

Love this one!

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“The Bell Jar” by Sylvia Path

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Artist Makes Amazing Sculptures Using Only Paper

"Summer Thrillers"

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Ginny Weasley
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3 weeks ago

Creepy, but cool