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Crumpled Paper

April 6, 2012

This is my first attempt with manipulating a single sheet of tracing paper into a sculptural form. I kind of remember doing this sort thing as a child but never more than a wadding and twisting forms to look like horses (I had a horse hang up as a young girl).  Two years ago I took a sculptural paper class from Oregon artist Helen Hiebert. That was an incredible eye-opening experience. A year ago I watched a video titled “Between The Folds” on my local PBS station (it’s also available on Netflix). One of the artists featured, Vincent Floderer, created huge paper mushrooms with such effortless flair. I was entranced! How did he do it? Theoretically, it looked quite easy. Now I realize there is quite a learning curve to work on.  Helen Hiebert had a link to his site in her April newsletter. This helped reconnect some dots  dormant in my brain. To view Le Crimp, please check the attached link here. The site is in French.  The mushroom video had horrible sound. Maybe it was my connection, but I wanted to warn you first.

There is a current call-to-artists for a rural storefront project through The Arts Center.  My brain is already shifting gears to try to come up with something to propose. Paper, wire, and maybe kinetic movement are trying to sort out some form to experiment with. Kinetics have been playing around in the studio for the past two years. Artist Jacob Hashimoto recently caught my attention with his incredible kinetic installation work. It’s worth checking out his videos. Repetition of form always makes my heart beat faster! Ahhhh *sigh*.

I’m not certain where these influences will lead, but I’m looking forward to experimenting with different paper sculpture forms. It’s time to PLAY!  More ideas to come… oh, and some sort of diatom/plankton sculpture will start showing its contorted face on the blog too. Yikes, photos are due on May 1st. Hmm, probably won’t make it for the image deadline, but the project will be completed for delivery in July.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 14, 2012 4:45 am

    I love this Gale, really looking forward to seeing where your experimenting leads you – how exciting!!

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      April 14, 2012 8:33 am

      Thanks Nikki! Life has been swamped with so many serious things I’ve had to step into a lighter/fun mode with art. Art therapy is the best. 🙂

      • April 14, 2012 9:09 am

        Yes Gale I can see from your blog that you are going through a tough time. I myself have had rather a lot of these kind of times and art therapy is definately the best!! Good luck with it all 🙂

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