Tagged: contemporary paper artists

Lauren Clay

Paper has got to be one of my favorite mediums for sculpture, but I know from experience it’s not always easy to work with.  Lauren Clay is a Brooklyn based paper artist. I love her work, the textures and colours are incredible and the forms are really organic and cheerful. I don’t even want to think about how long it takes to make one, her attention to detail is superb, the rounded paper ends, the subtle ombre. I find the work fun and light-hearted, but also really beautifully considered and thoughtful.

Pegotty, 2011, acrylic on cut paper, papier-mâché, wood

Moan about the present, venerate the past, 2010, acrylic on cut paper, papier-mâché, wood

The unending amends we’ve made (imperishable wreath), 2010, acrylic on cut paper, papier-mâché, wire, wood

Schism Chasm Cataclysm, 2011, acrylic on cut paper, papier-mâché, acrylic, wire, wood

One Way Ticket into the Nirvana Thickets (Tunnel-Funnel-Cornucopia), 2009
acrylic on cut paper,papier-mâché, foam, wire, wood

I always enjoy a philosophical title, it shows the artist is heavily influenced by a number of deeper concerns even if it’s not directly obvious to the viewer.  A title is a big part of the artwork. Plus anyone who confidently uses purple gets a lot of points from me.  It’s a highly misunderstood colour that needs more of a chance.  When I’m rich I will most definitely own one of these beauties.

Synchronicity Spoken Here (Purple Monochrome with Junk in the Trunk/L.H.O.O.Q. with Maxi Stripes), 2009 acrylic on cut paper, papier-mâché, foam, plastic

Images from her representative gallery Larissa Goldston Gallery.

There in a nice interview with Lauren here.

Kirsten Hassenfeld

Charm, mixed media 2002
Dollar Dreams, mixed media, 2002

Kirsten Hassenfeld lives and works in New York.  She studied at the University of Arizona, Tucson and the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence. I absolutely love her work, as I’m drawn to most contemporary chandelier/large hanging installations in general, plus if it’s pastel and glows, I’m smitten. Her quiet translucent sculptures are made mostly with paper. They are stylized jewels strung like giant ornaments to make scenes from a ghostly fairy tale.  They remind me a little of the work of the wonderful Tim Horn (more on him later!) A little like sea creatures, a little like elaborate decorations expanded, I can see so many things in her work, it’s fascinating.

Dans la Lune (installation view), Mixed media, Commissioned by Rice University Art Gallery, Houston, Texas/Photograph by Nash Baker, 2007
Untitled (Branch) detail- Dans la Lune, 2007
Untitled (Drop) detail- Dans la Lune, 2007

She also makes work with found objects and sometimes collaborates with her husband, Lee Boroson.  But it’s her patience with paper that impresses me most.

Star upon star - 2011 (from the exhibition "American Dreamers" Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze
Star upon star - 2011 (from the exhibition "American Dreamers" Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze

There’s a lovely little interview with Kirsten on the Huffington post site from quite a while ago (2007) if you’re interested in reading a bit about how she works. I’m going to save up for this pink one.  Dreamy.

Pink cluster, paper, 2003