Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Hanging Paper Sculpture

Purpose:
  • To understand the difference between 2D art work, relief sculpture, and 3D art work;
  • To create something flat into something not flat using the concepts of “positive & negative space”, along with “sculpture in the round”;
  • To understand and use the principles of art: Repetition and Unity in your sculpture;
  • To look at and discuss the 2D & 3D works of art by Mia Pearlman as a means of inspiration;

Artists Studied: Mia Pearlman


One way that looking at and hearing about Mia Pearlman’s work helped inspire my own was that she had two different important parts of her art process. The first one was actually cutting the paper and deciding what pieces to cut in which way. The other was figuring out how to take the piece of paper once the cutting was finished and decide what way to hang it. I thought it was interesting that how to hang the paper was important, and that you couldn’t just cut the paper and then put it up the way it was. You had to arrange what you had in an interesting way. It wasn’t just cutting the paper, it was also deciding what to do with it once you were done. When I was making my own sculpture, it helped me to remember that once I was done cutting it I was also going to arrange it in an interesting way.

The most challenging part of this project was deciding what I wanted the sculpture to look like and the cutting and hanging the paper. When I started the sculpture, I had no idea what I wanted it to look like since I’ve never made a paper sculpture before. I started by cutting it pretty randomly and continuing from there once I’d done a bit. There were a few sections that I’d cut one way and then later wish I’d cut another way, but I’d just have to deal with it. Then, once I’d finished cutting it, I had to figure out how to arrange the paper in the way I thought looked best. That turned out to also be harder than I thought it was going to be. I tried a few different positions for the paper before deciding on the one that I thought looked best.


I think the part that I enjoyed most was coming up with the different patterns to cut to make my sculpture. It was difficult, but also fun to cut up part of the paper in one way, and then another part of the paper in a different way. The end result of the sculpture wasn’t quite what I thought it would look like, but it was still fun to make. I think if I could go back and remake the sculpture, I would experiment even more with cutting the paper in even more different ways. Still, I enjoyed figuring out what kinds of patterns I wanted to put on the paper a lot.

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