These colorful little teacups are more than just beautiful papier-mâché—take a closer a look and you’ll find the face of everyone’s favorite web-slinging superhero. In a series titled ’Spiderman,’ Swedish artist Cecilia Levy repurposes old comic books from the Spider-Man franchise into eggshell-thin teacups, teapots, and saucers. Each exquisite piece is carefully composed to convey part of the Spiderman story, such as the action scenes between Spiderman and the supervillain Owl.
Levy comes from a background in graphic design and bookbinding, but turned to papier-mâché art after experimentation in 2009. She began by tearing apart the pages of an old book into small pieces and gluing them back together into three-dimensional unvarnished objects. The yellowed pages of nearly century-old books are Levy’s choice medium, however, she has used other materials such as the glossy and colorful pages of comic books. “The book is recreated in a way, but takes on a new form,” says Levy. “The two-dimensional becomes three-dimensional. The process is slow and meditative.”
Levy’s Spiderman series were commissioned by a Uppsala preschool and library. Created primarily for children, these layered sculptures are much more colorful than her typical artworks. The series includes teacups, saucers, a milk jug, sugar cubes, and a teapot. Her color composition and arrangement preserve the excitement and sense of drama found in the comic book series.
Images via Cecilia Levy