Thursday, November 20, 2014

Eccentric Misfits and Uncommon Characters - New Paper Sculptures by Patty Grazini

Sculptures created by artist Patty Grazini never fail to amaze... each autumn she delights us with photos of figures she has spent the past year fashioning entirely from paper. While her 2013 collection featured famous artists' muses, this time Patty focuses on women with quirky stories - similar, yet different from 2012's cast of crime-committing characters.

Runaway Bride - Deer Paper Scupture

Runaway Bride - a daughter tricks her expectant groom and runs off with another suitor.

Runaway Bride - Deer Paper Scupture

Take a moment to marvel at every garment, accessory, and prop. I'm determined to visit Seattle with the express purpose of seeing these creatures in person one day.

Why does Patty create animal heads instead of human features? She explained it is because of the curiosity they arouse in the viewer.

Poet - Owl Paper Sculpture

 Poet - a Wall Street beggar was taken to court for vagrancy and pan handling. She went before the judge and recited a poem. The judge agreed she was indeed a poet and released her without any fine.

Poet - Owl Paper Sculpture

Two Years in the Forest - a beautiful young woman was deserted by a suitor and expelled from her father's house. When found, she was wearing the same clothes as the day she disappeared and carried a pair of scissors.

Two Years in the Forest - Sparrow Paper Sculpture

Two Years in the Forest - Sparrow Paper Sculpture

Two Years in the Forest - Sparrow Paper Sculpture

I asked Patty to tell us about her process of finding and fabricating these eccentrics.

"All my work is inspired by the lives of real people from history. For this new show, I researched New York Times articles from 1880–1910 and found myself drawn to the peculiarity of certain women and their fleeting narratives and lives."

Opera Singer - Duck Paper Sculpture

Opera Singer - a young woman was taken to Bellevue Hospital because she claimed to be a distinguished opera singer. She couldn't sing.

Opera Singer - Duck Paper Sculpture

Opera Singer - Duck Paper Sculpture

"From these articles, and my other research of New York City at the turn of the century, I tried to reconstruct the aesthetic of the period and each woman's personal and historical circumstances. My upcoming show is titled "Eccentric Misfits and Uncommon Characters,” and each piece is accompanied with a copy of the article from which it was conceived."

Lost in the Woods - Sheep Paper Sculpture

Lost in the Woods -  a young girl lost her way while picking huckleberries.

Lost in the Woods - Sheep Paper Sculpture

"The average height of each character is about 15 inches. They are completely made of paper that I have dyed, painted, and manipulated to look authentic. I also selected a color palette to reflect the historical period, in hopes of bringing the viewer back into the streets, houses, tenements, and storefronts that these characters inhabited."

Cricket Performance - Bluebird Paper Sculpture

Cricket Performance - a young lady artist thought life would be unbearable without the musical insects. She hosted a cricket concert.

Cricket Performance - Bluebird Paper Sculpture

Cricket Performance - Bluebird Paper Sculpture

Eccentric Misfits and Uncommon Characters opens this Saturday, November 22, 7:00 PM at Curtis Steiner 5349 Ballard Avenue NW in Seattle, Washington.

12 comments:

cate said...

what a great cast of characters...well done....love it

Maureen said...

Delightful and terrific, Ann.

BurningRubber said...

These are gorgeous! I would love to see your paper stash. LOL

Michelle said...

So much detail!

Candy said...

Absolutely delightful! Such attention to detail. Thank you so much for sharing.

Eileen Ng said...

These are interesting interpretations in paper form of the research she did looking back at glimpses of history. There's so much patience and imagination involved!

Karin Corbin said...

It is a wonderful show. I attended the opening night. Of course I will pay several more visits to see it over this next month.

Ann Martin said...

So nice to hear that, Karin. I envy you!

SUGANTHI said...

As usual her attention to details is impeccable. It is interesting how she matches the right animal head for the character she creates.

peggy gatto said...

Glorious!

Kathy Ann said...

WOW thanks for sharing these amazing creations!

Ann Martin said...

They truly are amazing, aren't they?!

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