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Drawings often develop into mixed-media sculptures using an array of lo-fi craft supplies such as cardboard, string, tinfoil, paper, and latex paint. These objects are often elaborately ornamented and take on a wide variety of forms including mobiles, wall relief, and sculptural furniture. At times they are combined in human-scale environments to create complex visual and spatial relationships, and to suggest a sort of homemade 3D cosmography. In these works, it is my intention that viewers will enter the composition and experience what Angela Ndalianis describes as ‘co-extensive space ‘ a space that illusionistically connects with and infinitely extends from our own.”
In my cut paper work, sheets of multi-colored, archival, card stock, are hand cut into shapes that correspond roughly to the various elements in the preliminary drawing. These shapes are then glued onto a paper backing in successive layers- working from background to foreground. The flatness of the paper is countered by a dense layering of successively smaller and more ornate pieces; bending, folding, and rolling elements coupled with the graphic qualities of the paper cut-out’s edges create dramatic spatial relationships. An intuitive use of color supports the works handmade aesthetic. The intricately crafted constructions are set in deep frames to heighten the work’s three-dimensionality.
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