Monday, November 13, 2017

Two Paper Art Shows: The Nature of Money and Paper Heroes

Longtime readers will remember that each year about this time we have the opportunity to admire a new paper sculpture collection by Seattle artist Patty Grazini. Flowers, birds, butterflies and insects figure into the remarkable pieces that she meticulously crafts with much thought and skillful precision.

Living with Nature (Detail - Head) by Patty Grazini
 Living with Nature (detail - head) 
overall height 10 inches

The relationship between money and nature is the theme I have chosen for my work this year. I have used money from all over the world to cut and create shadow boxes, and also a few three-dimensional pieces. 

Living with Nature (Detail - Feet) by Patty Grazini
 Living with Nature (detail - feet)
 overall height 10 inches

While working on this group, I found myself thinking about the beauty of the natural environment and its breakdown for profit.

Gathering by Patty Grazini
height 8 inches

Most of my recent work has been three-dimensional and freestanding. Assembling my work in shadow boxes has been challenging in some ways, but very enjoyable. Another departure for me was using only paper money.

Man and Nature by Patty Grazini
Man and Nature
11 inches x 7 inches

I had cut and used money previously in combination with other papers, but never exclusively. I have also been a bit surprised and inspired seeing the beautiful graphics and colors.

Floral by Patty Grazini
9 inches x 5 inches

The Nature of Money opens on Saturday, November 18 at Curtis Steiner 5349 Ballard Ave NW in Seattle, Washington. Each piece is for sale. Scroll down on this page to see a really nice Art Zone video from several years ago in which Patty talks about her art. She is on Instagram and Facebook.

Facing His Penance - Wet-Fold Origami by Daniel Chang
Daniel Chang, Germany
Facing His Penance
wet-fold origami
20cm x 30cm x 5cm

Origami artist Ilan Garibi is back with another show that features a variety of paper artists and technques, Paper Heroes. Previously, he curated Paper Creatures.

Quilled Dog by Emilie Fatel
 Emilie Fatel, Israel
30cm x 40cm

The show at the Jaffa Museum, 10 Mifratz Shlomo Street, in Old Jaffa, Israel includes the work of three dozen paper artisans from around the world. It is open through December 30, 2017.

Batman - Origami by Yara Yagi
Yara Yagi, Brazil
30cm x 15cm x 5cm

From the Paper Heroes title, it's certain that each art piece is a depiction of the creator's personal interpretation of heroism, whether via paper cutting, quilling, origami or sculpture.

The Makings of My Hero - Paper Cutting by Suhail Shaikh
 Suhail Shaikh, France
The Makings of My Hero
3D paper cutting
 35cm x 35cm x 20cm

All of the works are new in 2017.

Fly High, Dreamers! - Origami by Nguyen Hung Cuong
 Nguyễn Hùng Cường, Vietnam
Fly High, Dreamers!
10cm x 10cm x 30cm

Each time an email from Ilan lands in my inbox, I know it will tell me something of interest! This time it was a doubleheader, as another new venture of his is the opening of an Etsy shop. There you'll find his spectacular hand folded origami jewelry, made not with paper, but with high quality metals. Have a look at Garibi Origami.


Maureen said...

Remarkable work!

Ann Martin said...

I'm glad you enjoyed the post, Maureen, thanks.

Soraya said...

Incredible how talented those artists are! Thank you for bringing them out.

Ann Martin said...

I'm glad you enjoyed the post, Soraya. Thanks for your comment.

SK Jennifer said...

Wonderful post.

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