Mandy Smith is an artist whose favorite medium is paper. Any and all kinds of paper. Even sandpaper. In one of her more recent series, she used just that. Mandy fashioned a pair of bikinis, a bicycle, a double bed, a slide, a pair of shoes, and toilet paper out of a material no one would want anywhere near their sensitive parts. Bruno Drummond thentook photographs of them after carefully arranging them in such a manner that makes them even more realistic. She also has a series of paper houses where she faithfully recreates the traditional architecture of canal houses in Amsterdam. Mandy also had a hand in making some of the models in Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie”.
It’s no Seastone Chair but it will do. Jeffro Uitto, is the artist responsible for that elegant driftwood throne you see up there. He makes all kinds of driftwood furniture. Jeffro has been sculpting with wood since he was in high school. The wood he uses is authentic driftwood he has ‘rescued’ from the shores of creeks, rivers, and oceans. He takes them back to his shop near Willapa Bay for cleaning and curing before putting them together into artistic pieces of furniture. Jeffro has also made some beds, a burl-topped bar, and a rose bud made from cedar shavings. He has been commissioned to create driftwood installations in places as far as Hawaii and Alaska.
Ron Arad is an Israeli designer who took the concept behind pressed flowers and applied it to Fiat 500s. According to Ron, he didn’t wreck the cars, he ‘immortalized’ them. Each vehicle was compressed to a uniform thickness of twelve centimeters at a shipyard in the Netherlands. This feat was made possible by taking out the engines, seats, and tires. Since it’s not everyday that you get to see cars being absolutely flattened, shipyard workers at brought their families to watch which gave the metal-crunching affair a festive air. Before hanging them up for display, Ron tweaked with his sculptures a bit by putting the flattened tires back in their original positions. The immortalized cars then went on display at the Design Museum Holon in Tel Aviv, Israel. Unsurprisingly, the title he gave the exhibit is “Pressed Flowers”.
Alex Seton is a Sydney-based sculptor who creates life-like sculptures of clothing out of marble. To add to the realism, Seton’s sculptures are often “hung” on display. A couple are even left as puddles of clothes on the floor. My personal favorite is a jogging outfit sitting upright by itself, with no one wearing it. Alex prefers using Carrara marble for his sculptures and it’s just amazing how he can turn a cold and hard medium into a comfy-looking outfit. According to his biography, Alex uses the framework of marble carving to interrogate and displace our expectations by challenging our optical perception and subverting the tradition of the material.
Gavin Worth was born in Zimbabwe, Africa but grew up in Cruces, New Mexico. He is a self-taught artist who discovered his lifelong passion when he saw Michelangelo’s “Head of Leda” in a library book. His sculptures, made of metal wires, look like line paintings. Gavin worked as a musician and actor for various theaters in California. To date, he has built a life-sized skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex for the American Southwest Theater Company, worked as a set designer and painter for the Santa Fe Opera. He was also an illustrator for George Ronald Publishing. Gavin currently lives and works in Cairo, Egypt, where he teaches at the American International School.
Anna Barlow is a British Artist with a fondness for sweet treats. She said: “I am fascinated by the way we eat food, especially by the rituals around celebrational or indulgent treats that have developed . . . I have focused on ice cream as it is such a momentary and yet memorable treat that most of us have experienced and therefore can evoke memories of sensations and tastes, as well as prompt a fantasy of desired indulgences.” Her sculptures are made of high fired, glazed porcelain. The result is realistic almost to the point of being edible. Anna’s goal of achieving “visual edibility” has certainly been met with this series of sculptures.
Anastassia Ellias is a Paris-based illustrator and sculptor who unleashed her creativity on helpless toilet paper rolls. Recently, she assembles 67 pf her finest works and turned the whole collection into a book entitled “Rouleaux”. Anastassia created the earth-friendly dioramas by carefully cutting-out the scenes from brown paper and sticking them inside the used toilet paper rolls. A task which is similar to building a ship inside a bottle. Unlike ship-building, it only takes Anastassia a few hours to complete a roll.
Clare Conway created these realistic typewritten ‘paper’ using porcelain. Her sculptures are incredibly detailed with pieces of porcelain ‘paper’ creatively crumpled, shredded, and thrown into the wastebasket. In the readable documents, Clare gives out details of her personal life in the typewritten documents. The trick is that she intentionally censors a word here and there, arousing the curiosity of her audience. The censorship is ‘partly a revolt against the increasingly blurred line between public and private information in our current society due to social media platforms’.
Sue Beatrice is the founder of All Natural Arts. Originally, she started it as a venue for selling her creations. She specializes in creating lovely pieces of art from antique pocket watches, sea glass, jewelry pieces, stones, and other found pieces. Her work has a touch of steampunk in it with a great big dash of whimsy. According to her site: “Combining talent and imagination with a love of nature, the designs are created with the environment in mind. Recycled, upcycled and repurposed objects are combined with natural elements into unique, Earth-friendly and artistic items sensitive to the limits of our natural resources.”
These miniature office scenes are creations of People Too. Every little detail is painstakingly cut-out from sheets of colored paper. Even the people in the scenes are made of paper. While one might reasonably expect them to be two-dimensional, the artists took great pains to give them substance and volume. I love the fact that they faithfully recreated calendars, computers, memos, post-its, and even overflowing trash bins to give their scenes an authentic feel. The artistic duo behind People Too are Alexei Lyapunov and Lena Ehrlich.