Using discarded newspapers and books, sculptor Nick Georgiou creates strange portraits of characters and creatures that inject life into material “becoming artifacts of the 21st century,” he says. The artist, a New York native who now lives in Tucson, Ariz., takes influence from the South West and the broader societal trend of moving toward digital means of consumption.
In a statement, he speaks about how he began to pursue this form in 2001, and what a major move in his life meant for his work: “Going from (New York) to the desert is a pretty dramatic shift. Your concept of space expands when it’s not obstructed by buildings. You pay closer attention to nature because you’re always in it—and you do what you can to preserve it.”
The artist, a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, says that he was working with Tuscon’s oldest newspaper, Tucson Citizen, when it cease operations. This further inspired his exploration of taking printed products from the street and creating something new. His sculptures are in the permanent collections of the Washington Post Company and Tucson Museum of Art, and his work has been showin in spaces in London, New York City, and other cities across the U.S.