French artist, Mathilde Roussel’s fusion of materials from organic and synthetic materials poetically echoe natural processes and concepts. Though seemingly sourced from the world of science, her works have deep roots in the philosophical with importance paid to natural processes, particularly life and death.
Ecorce #10, 2013, cut paper
Carbon, 2011, cut paper and graphite
Ecorces, 2013, cut cardboard and acrylic
Carbon #11, 2012, cut paper and graphite
“Let it bleed“, is a series of life-size sculptures (of young women and young girls), as well as a
series of fragments, such as heads or hands by Greek artist Vally Nomidou. Paper is her sole material. The antithetical elements of Nomidou’s work are beauty and the repulsive. Sorrow and pain are tempered by additional materials, such as transparent fabrics, precious stones, paper lace and ribbons. Moreover, the cheap exists side by side with the precious, the vulnerable with the robust, the authentic with the eccentric, realism with flights of fantasy and psychological repercussions. At the same time, extreme realism, combined with hints of the absurd, open up her inquiry.
© Vally Nomidou
Scott Paper Company created this paper dress in 1966, intended as a marketing tool. For one dollar, women could buy the dress and also receive coupons for Scott paper products. The paper dress, wasn’t an invention meant to be taken seriously, but women surprised the company by ordering half a million of these dresses in under a year.
Commencing her “Linear-actions cutting project” in 1999, Japanese artist, Noriko Ambe’s made it her life work. Her large scale paper sculptures from this particular project are made by individual hand-cut sheets of paper that are stacked together into dramatic shapes with an amazing dynamic flow. Her work consists of positive or negative shapes, in which she tries to embody relationships among humans, time and nature. When admiring her work, I can’t help but also wonder about such great patience… Sigh.
> Noriko Ambe’s website
Sculptures by Noriko Ambe
Anna-Wili Highfield makes awesome paper sculptures of animals. She uses archival cotton paper, paints it and sews it together, which results in aesthetic dynamic shapes that seem to come alive.
Visit Anna-Wili’s website for more amazing work.
My favourites…Mr. Brumby on a block by Anna-Wili Highfield
Mr. Barn owl on a block by Anna-Wili Highfield
Mr. White bellied sea eagle by Anna-Wili Highfield