Grey Garden Quilling Installation - Lauren Fensterstock

Last fall I came across an article about what promised to be an intriguing exhibit, called Parterre: An Installation by Lauren Fensterstock. It would soon be taking place at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

We love Maine and I was hopeful we'd be driving up that way and I would have the chance to see it; alas, our plans didn't fall into place, but I did find a few pictures of the huge lily pond Lauren created on the gallery floor of the museum. It was composed of quilled black paper, Plexiglas, and charcoal dust.

But not only did Lauren work on a grand scale for the exhibit... here's a beautifully detailed portion of her work that was featured, made with infinitely tiny paper filigree coils and scrolls. She calls it Grey Garden and if I didn't know better, I would think it had been quilled in the 17th century because of its fine detail and ornateness.

Ann Martin
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  1. How have I never heard of Lauren Fensterstock and how did you discover her? I totally agree with your assessment of "the Grey Garden." It does echo the ornamentation and elaborate flourishes of 17th century paper filigree work.

    I KNEW I would not be disappointed in my high expectations of fascinating new discoveries being shared on your blog! Thanks for highlighting Ms. Fensterstock's beautiful artistry.

  2. I'm so glad you're enjoying the posts. We have friends in Maine not far from the town where Bowdoin is located, who are also into art.


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