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By using pre-existing media as a starting point, certain boundaries are set by the material, which I aim to transform through my process. Thus, an encyclopedia can become a window into an alternate world, much like lived reality becomes its alternate in remembered experience. These books, having been stripped of their utilitarian value by the passage of time, regain new purpose. They are no longer tools to learn about the world, but rather a means to gain insight about oneself.
Key words: Books - Literature - Memory - Nostalgia - Paper-cuts - Illustration - Time - Transform -
Library of the Infinitesimally Small and Unimaginably Large is an ongoing project that started in 2011. The altered books are made from found books, particularly old books of maps and atlases. The books become both reference and raw material for sculptures, paper installations and digital animation. The books, sentences, words and letters become elements of a new visual narrative in which the old and new forms co-exist. Through the act of altering books and other paper based objects the intention is to draw emphasis to our understanding of history as mediated through text or language and our understanding of the abstract terms of science through metaphor.
The universe (which others call the Library) is composed of an indefinite, perhaps infinite number of hexagonal galleries. ― Jorge Luis Borges, The Library of Babel
Born in Cuba but settled in Los Angeles, Elsa Mora cuts simple sheets of paper to create magical, elaborate artworks. Mora developed her art while she was looking after her autistic child. She soon realized the value of being extremely patient and consistent, and these qualities show in her incredibly detailed papercut works.Mixing plant life and human bodies, this Cuban artist expresses her emotions and family tales through paper.
Key words: Papercut - People - Imagination - Illustration - Detail - Emotions - Nature - Animals - Fairytales
Her work is a communication of how all things are interrelated, with organic forms, textures, colour and flow being her signature. This approach brings a richness and complexity to a multitude of styles.
Key words: Layers - 3D - Colours - Organic - Fold - Pattern - Structure - Symmetry
Some positive and colorful creations that transmit an emotion that everyone can appropriate in a subjective manner. Beyond the appearances, Mademoiselle Maurice seeks to deepen the link between individuals who form that human network which we belong and we frequent every day. It also highlights the interactions between humans and their environment to highlight and resonate the Human / Nature link.
Key words: Origami - Colour - Street Art - Graffiti - Text - Nature - Interactions - Shape - Space
Paris-based designer and artist Maud Vantours carefully constructs these paper sculptures by hand, layering paper after paper and then cutting into them to reveal gorgeous shapes or mesmerizing patterns. In her recently created series Botany(see example above), beautiful three dimensional flowers are constructed petal by petal while in Spirales, rainbow-colored vortexes seem to go on forever.
Key words: Layers - Colour - Depth - Spectrum - Illusion - Torn - Hole - Multiple - Shape - Pattern - Infinity
Paper sandwich books
Key words: Layers - Food - Photography - Combinations - Multiple - Interactive - Flat
The objects I make serve as devices for poetic awareness. Looking into them creates an atmosphere of in-betweenness which helps frame the small extractions and resonances of the world featured in each work. Commonplace elements in the natural and built worlds provide points of origin for helping people gain insights and understandings of the landscape around them. My work incorporates extractions from sites in urban and pastoral landscapes, whether the material extracted is local stone or wood, video, or photographs.
Key words: Collage - Torn - In-between - Distance - Portal - Escape - Layered - Space - Hole - 3D
I create installations, collages and sculptures that use the language of maps to explore the connections among geological and biological processes, patterns in nature, geometry and anatomy. Using a variety of distinct styles I intricately cut, score, wrinkle, layer, fold, paint and pin maps to produce revised versions that often become more like the terrains they represent. These new geographies explore notions of place, perception and experience, suggesting the potential for a broader landscape and inviting viewers to examine their relationships with each other and the world we share.
Key words: Maps - Geology - Geography - Nature - Terrain - Landscape - Space - Place - Land - People
© galerie Eric Dupont, Paris
Tom Phillips is an artist whose work is fuelled by several persistent preoccupations, expressed through an even larger number of formats. These include painting (both figurative and abstract), opera (composer, librettist, set designer), concrete poetry and ornamental forms of writing, sculpture and site-specific designs (mosaic, tapestry, wire frame objects). He has also taken on several para-artistic roles – critic, curator, committee chairman for the Royal Academy, translator – all of which he has folded back into his art.
Stooping to encounter each work, the viewer is obliged to reimagine the nature of the receptacle: it’s changed from a passive to an active space. Each tree is painstakingly cut, its leaves and branches described with exceptional care, and each bag derives from a slightly different source (sometimes highend fashion boutiques, others Mc- Donald’s), which stages the tree’s connection to the natural world in divergent ways.
Key words: Paper bag - Consumerism - Nature - State - Change - Miniature - Trees - Light - Discarded - Reuse