Traudl Stahl is a German graphic designer and paper artist, whose fragile sculptures combine paper with natural materials, such as grass, bark and branches and/or rusty iron materials.
Italian sculptor Matteo Pugliese (1969) creates restless sculptures that are seemingly trapped in walls.
Diana Al-Hadid is a Syrian-American artist who lives and works in New York. Her sculptures take “towers” as their central theme, drawing together a wide variety of associations: power, wealth, technological and urban development, ideas of progress and globalism, problems of cultural difference and conflict. Her works are informed by myriad sources: Eastern and Western-ancient biblical and mythological narratives, Arabic oral traditions, Gothic architecture, Italian and Northern Renaissance painting, Islamic ornamentation, and scientific advances in physics and astronomy.
Italy-based sculptor Aron Demetz constructs life-sized figurative wooden sculptures and sets them ablaze. On their own, before they are scorched, the stoic human figures are presented in a variety of poses that appear to be rather classic. Though their anatomic construction is impressive, it’s after their dematerialization that viewers are offered something far more emotional. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Demetz’s sculptures are reborn as new entities
The charred remains of the artist’s works evoke a new range of sentiments that delve deeper into the vulnerabilities of both the wooden materials they are composed of and the human figures they represent. Demetz’s sculptures present mankind and nature as one, reflecting the fragility of both. The burned structures peel back the facade of the figurative forms and expose their susceptibility to hindering elements, both in the literal and metaphoric sense. The wood-turned-charcoal figures present an interpretive look at the outcome of physical and emotional onslaught. Via My Modern Met.
“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.
Tara Donovan (1969, New York) is an American artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She is known for site-specific installation art that utilizes everyday materials. Known for her commitment to process, she has earned acclaim for her ability to discover the inherent physical characteristics of an object and transform it into art.
MUSA, the Cancun Underwater Museum was created in 2010 when 200 life-sized sculptures, made of specially formulated, marine-grade cement, were laid at the bottom of a national marine park in the waters between Cancun and Isla Mujeres. Last July (2012) the third installation phase of 63 sculptures took place.
All the sculptures change over time as marine life populates them: A girl acquires a fur composed of algae; a starfish implants itself on a nun’s face. A full-size VW Beetle was designed especially to be a lobster homestead. In addition to providing new habitat for sea life, the sculptures draw divers and snorkelers from coral reefs that have suffered from tourism.
I love Eva Hild’s flowing sculptures, as – to me – they seem like an elegant representation of what timespace would look like if it were solid.
“Influence, pressure, strain. These words have been the foundation for my current projects that comprise communicating the theme in large, hand-built clay forms. Delicate continuously flowing entities in thinbuilt clay. They reflect varying degrees of external and internal pressures, and how, as a consequence, perception of inner and outer space is changed or challenged.
My fascination is about the relationship between the internal and external realities; the dualism between inside and outside, content and form, feeling and shape, impression and expression.”
Gehard Demetz’s sculptures of children are at the same time attractive and disquieting and rendered with an amazing perfection that is by no means rhetorical or classical. One of the most startling technical features is the construction using small woodblocks and juxtaposing finely polished parts to very rough and sketchy surfaces. This particular construction and treatment render his sculptures absolutely unique in the domain of contemporary wood sculpture and is partly responsible for the great curiosity aroused by the appearance of his work in the art world.
Sculptures by Gehard Demetz’s
In her (more) recent drawings, sculptures and installations, Belgium artist Sofie Muller’s focus lies on children. Unsettling tension builds up through a sheer contrast between the innocence and open-mindedness of the child vis-à-vis the discomforting context it has been placed in, aiming to expose a certain longing.
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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.